There is great reliance now on electronic devices, such as computers, laptops or cellular phones. These are built with integrated circuits with small silicon-based units on the micrometer scale, which is a millionth of a meter. When materials are reduced to the nanometer scale, which is a billionth of a meter, new properties emerge that are critical in many areas of science and technology. Such nanomaterials hold importance worldwide and promise to provide many new opportunities for the future.
Klaus Sattler, a professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy, has published a two-volume Silicon Nanomaterials Sourcebook which shows that applications of nanosilicon are not restricted to the field of microelectronics.
An indispensable resource both in academics and research, the book describes new materials with exceptional properties as well as strong current and future application prospects. The chapters are written in tutorial style where basic equations and fundamentals are included. This will provide the reader with the tools necessary to understand current and future technology developments.
The scope of the book spans a wide range of possible use for nanosilicon in biomedical devices and methods, from antibacterial function to cancer therapy. Biosensing and bioimaging with nanosilicon structures may improve future diagnostic instruments. Nanosilicon for stem cell research and cancer therapy may help with the treatment of currently incurable diseases.
The Silicon Nanomaterials Sourcebook can be used by students, instructors, academic researchers and industry professionals in many fields, including materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer engineering, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology and medicine.
Sattler joined UH Mānoa in 1988, where he built a laboratory for nanophysics and his group produced the first carbon nanocones, with fascinating structural and physical properties.
For more on the book, read the news release.