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The miniaturization of bulky devices and machines is a process that confronts us on a daily basis. However, nanoscale machines with varied and novel characteristics may also result from the enlargement of extremely small building blocks, namely individual molecules. This bottom-up approach to nanotechnology is already being pursued in information technology, with many other branches about to follow.
Written by a team of experienced authors headed by Vincenzo Balzani, one of the pioneers in the development of molecular machines
Covers such diverse aspects as sensors, memory components, solar energy conversion, biomolecules as molecular machines, and much more
Presented in a lucid style and didactically structured, with both the expert and the newcomer in mind
Includes a glossary of terms and numerous references to the recent literature
Be among the first to explore the fascinating possibilities of this future-oriented technology! A must-have for every chemist and materials scientist with an interest in nanotechnology.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 6.86" Height: 1.18" Weight: 2.44 lbs.
Release Date Apr 11, 2003
ISBN 3527305068 ISBN13 9783527305063
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More About Vincenzo Balzani
Univ. of Bologna, Italy.
Vincenzo Balzani was born in 1936 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Bologna, Italy Universite di Bologna, Dipartimento di Ch.
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Chemists' approach to Nanotechnology Oct 28, 2003
Different paths toward nanotechnology have so far been proposed. The most common and widely publicized one is the so-called atom-by-atom approach envisaged by physichists. Chemists, on the other hand, have adopted a molecule-by-molecule approach whereby the molecule represents the key building block for constructing nano-objects. Among the various reasons for doing so, we remember that (1) a lot of information about the structural, electronic, and spectroscopic properties of polyatomic molecules has been so far accumulated by research chemists and (2) synthetic chemistry allows the precise, although very elaborated, positioning of groups within a certain molecular framework thereby allowing the constuction of complex molecules characterized by machine-like capabilities. A number of fashinating molecular-scale machines and devices (rotors, gears, turnstiles, brakes, gyroscanes, etc.) has already been realized, as discussed in detail by Balzani-Venturi-Credi (BVC) in Chapter 11 of their book. These molecules give rise to spontaneous machanical-like motion. However, a factor of paramount importance for nanotechnology is that of achieving controllable mechanical-like motion. BVC discuss how this can be achieved by, for example, electrochemical or photochemical means. Chapter 9 is of particular interest for those working in the field of molecular electronics since it discusses about "Logic Gates", i.e. molecules that might (will) be employed as molecular switches in future chemical (or molecular) computers. The amazing thing of this book is that all the material contained in it is real stuff, not pure speculation! You can verify this by checking the original references given at the end of each chapter. Hence, chemists are following an original approach to nanotechnology and the key for success will probably depend on whether they will find a clever way for wiring-up (networking) their molecules and make them (i.e., the resulting nano-object) work in concert. All in all this book (made of 16 chapters, about 500 pp., dozens of clear drawings and figures) is masterly written and logically organized. I cannot but rate it with 5 stars and a plus. If you want to know how chemists are approaching the field of nanotechnology, it should be in your bookshelf.