Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 September 2004




Bhushan, B. (2004), "Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 319-319. https://doi.org/10.1108/sr.2004.24.3.319.1



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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The Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology is a comprehensive application‐oriented reference text, which combines contributions from more than 90 authors and contains over 900 illustrations.

The book comprises 38 chapters divided into six main parts. Chapter 1 provides an Introduction to Nanotechnology, and presents a background and definition on nanotechnology, and discusses applications in different fields and reliability of MEMS/NEMS.

Part A: Nanostructures, Micro/Nanofabrication, and Micro/Nanodevices, includes the following nine chapters. Subjects addressed include: Nanomaterials Synthesis and Applications: Molecule‐Based Devices; an Introduction to Carbon Nanotubes; Nanowires; an Introduction to Micro/Nanofabrication; and Stamping Techniques for Micro and Nanofabrication: Methods and Applications. The remaining chapters in this section discuss: Materials Aspects of Micro‐ and Nanoelectromechanical Systems; MEMS/NEMS Devices and Applications; Microfluidics and Their Applications to Lab‐on‐a Chip; and Therapeutic Nanodevices.

Part B comprises of six chapters related to Scanning Probe Microscopy. It addresses: Scanning Probe Microscopy – Principle of Operation, Instrumentation and Probes; Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and its Related Topics; Low Temperature Scanning Probe Microscopy; Dynamic Force Microscopy; and Molecular Recognition Force Microscopy.

Micro/Nanotribology and Materials Characterization Studies Using Scanning Probe Microscopy; Surface Forces and Nanorheology of Molecularly Thin Films; Scanning Probe Studies of Nanoscale Adhesion Between Solids in the Presence of Liquids and Monolayer Films; and Friction and Wear on the Atomic Scale, are amongst the nine chapters included in Part C: Nanotribology and Nanomechanics. Also discussed are: Nanoscale Mechanical Properties – Measuring Techniques and Applications; Mechanics of Biological Nanotechnology; and Mechanical Properties of Nanostructures.

Part D: Molecularly Thick Films for Lubrication comprises four chapters including: Self‐assembled Monolayers for Controlling Adhesion, Friction and Wear; and Kinetics and Energetics in Nanolubrication. Part E: Industrial Applications and Microdevice Reliability presents eight chapters including: Nanotechnology for Data Storage Applications; The “Millipede” – A Nanotechnology‐based AFM Data Storage System; Design, Fabrication and Control of Microactuators for Dual‐stage Servo System in Magnetic Disk Files; High Volume Manufacturing and Field Stability of MEMS Products; and MEMS Packaging and Thermal Issues in Reliability.

The final part and chapter of the book discusses the Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology.

Overall, this is an extremely well written reference text. The clearly structured two‐colour layout makes it easy to read and the fully searchable CD‐ROM is a useful additional resource. The book will be of interest to industrialists, academics, and students involved with nanotechnology from engineering, physics and chemistry backgrounds.

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