Nanostructures and Nanotechnology


Nanostructures and Nanotechnology cover

Published in June, 2015 by Cambridge University Press, Nanostructures and Nanotechnology is a senior undergraduate/first-year graduate level textbook meant to provide a comprehensive introduction to nanoscale science and its applications. The book is intended for students from diverse backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, and materials science. It's meant to be pedagogical (not a collection of review articles) and foundational (focusing on the underlying physical principles, rather than immediately-out-of-date latest results).

Part I begins with an overview of conventional solid state physics and a discussion of the physical consequences of structuring matter on the nanoscale. A variety of conventional materials are introduced, as are techniques for fabricating and characterizing structures on the nanoscale.

Part II examines several specific subject areas, each with a focused introduction to the underlying physical principals, a discussion of current technological approaches, and a look at how the ability to control and structure materials at the nanoscale is relevant to future progress. The topics considered are nanoelectronics, magnetism and magnetic materials, photonics, micro/nanomechanical systems, micro/nanofluidics, and nanobio. The book concludes with a brief discussion of nanoscience and nanotechnology as applied to the problem of energy, and future prospects for this amazingly broad discipline.

The book has many color figures, chapter summaries, suggested reading, would-be homework exercises, and an extensive bibliography.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.

Here is a review of the text in the MRS Bulletin.

Additions and errata

  • Eq. 2.37 is missing a factor of \(2 \pi\), and should read \( \mathbf{b}_{i}\cdot \mathbf{a}_{j} = 2 \pi \delta_{ij}.\)

  • The first line of Eq. 2.47 is missing a closing parentheses, and should read \( u_{\mathbf{k}}(\mathbf{r}+\mathbf{R}) = \exp(-i \mathbf{k} \cdot (\mathbf{r}+\mathbf{R}))\psi(\mathbf{r}+\mathbf{R}) \).

  • In problem 6.11, the statement is supposed to read \( Ec \sim 5 k_{\mathrm{B}}T\), not 0.02.



  • Chapter epigraphs

    Because of the vagaries of British copyright law and the fact that Cambridge is a UK publisher, I was not allowed to use all of the little epigraphs (beginning-of-chapter quotes) that I'd wanted to include. Here they are.