By Gerrard Eddy Jai Poinern
Although there are lots of theoretical nanotechnology and nanoscience textbooks on hand to scholars, there are fairly few sensible laboratory-based books. Filling this desire, A Laboratory direction in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology offers a hands-on method of key synthesis concepts and approaches presently utilized in nanotechnology and nanoscience. Written through a pioneer in nanotechnology, this sensible guide exhibits undergraduate scholars find out how to synthesize their very own nanometer-scale fabrics and constructions after which examine their effects utilizing complex characterization techniques.
Through a sequence of well-designed, classroom-tested lab experiments, scholars at once adventure the various magic of the nano global. The lab workouts provide scholars hands-on abilities to enrich their theoretical reviews. in addition, the fabric within the ebook underscores the really interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience, getting ready scholars from physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology for paintings in nanoscience- and nanotechnology-related industries.
After introducing examples of nanometer-scale fabrics and buildings present in nature, the ebook offers a variety of nanometer-scale fabrics and the synthesis methods used to supply them. It then covers complicated characterization suggestions for studying nanometer-scale fabrics and constructions. It additionally addresses lab defense and the identity of strength risks within the lab prior to explaining how you can arrange a systematic file and current learn effects. moreover, the writer discusses normal initiatives undertaken in nanotechnology labs, equivalent to the research of samples utilizing scanning electron microscopy and atomic strength microscopy. The booklet concludes with a suite of initiatives that scholars can do whereas taking part with a mentor or supervisor.
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However, it has only been shown recently that the nanometer-scale form of Ag can be incorporated into commercially available products such as Band-Aids, wound dressings, and clothing items like socks and garments to prevent bacterial/ fungal growths. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, United States) has approved nano Ag as a biocide and has resulted in this type of Ag being used in medical products such as catheters to provide an effective protective barrier against microbes. As an alternative to antibiotics, the potential use of nano Ag against pathogenic microbes, which are continually adapting and developing resistance to man-made antibiotics, is of great medical interest; this should lead to further development in this field.
Another interesting feature of nanometer-scale materials occurs when they are incorporated into bulk materials. The resulting composite materials usually have enhanced properties, such as strength, durability, and tensile strength, compared to their bulk equivalents. For example, when small percentages of CNTs are added to polymers, there are significant improvements in strength in the o verall doped polymer. In the following sections, major groups of n anometer-scale materials are briefly discussed; then, a range of commonly used synthetic techniques is outlined.