Nanoalloys, 1st Edition

From Fundamentals to Emergent Applications

Nanoalloys, 1st Edition,ISBN9780123944016





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This book describes modern aspects of the physics and chemistry of nanoalloys, from the points of view of fundamental and applied science.

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Key Features

  • Encapsulates physical science of structure, properties, size, composition and ordering at nanoscale, aiding synthesis of experimentation and modelling
  • Multi-expert and interdisciplinary perspectives on growth, synthesis and characterization of bimetallic clusters and particulates supports expansion of your current research activity into applications
  • Synthesizes concepts and draws links between fundamental metallurgy and cutting edge nanoscience, aiding interdisciplinary research activity


Nanoalloys: From Fundamentals to Emergent Applications presents and discusses the major topics related to nanoalloys at a time when the literature on the subject remains scarce. Particular attention is paid to experimental and theoretical aspects under the form of broad reviews covering the most recent developments. The book is organized into 11 chapters covering the most fundamental aspects of nanoalloys related to their synthesis and characterization, as well as their theoretical study. Aspects related to their thermodynamics and kinetics are covered as well. The coverage then moves to more specific topics, including optics, magnetism and catalysis, and finally to biomedical applications and the technologically relevant issue of self-assembly.

With no current single reference source on the subject, the work is invaluable for researchers as the nanoscience field moves swiftly to full monetization.


Graduate nanomaterial and nanoparticle scientists at the interface of electronic and geometric structure, thermodynamics, optics, magnetism, catalysis or organometallic chemistry.

Nanoalloys, 1st Edition

Chapter I Chemical Syntheses

Redox reactions; Polyol-based synthesis; radiolysis; electrochemical synthesis; thermal decomposition and sonochemical synthesis

Chapter II Physical syntheses

Molecular beam epitaxy; pulsed laser deposition; low-energy cluster beam deposition techniques

Chapter III Modeling the Electronic and Geometric structure of nanoalloys

Quantum chemical and condensed matter methods for electronic structure; Approximate descriptions and explicit models; global optimization; structural and segregation patterns

Chapter IV Experimental techniques for structural characterization

X-ray scattering and absorption; Electron microscopy; scanning probe microscopies: scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopies

Chapter V Thermodynamical properties of nanoalloys

Bulk vs nanoscale alloys; order/disorder transition; finite size effects; nanoscale phase diagrams; melting of nanoalloys

Chapter VI Kinetic aspects: nucleation, mixing, coalescence

Nucleation theories and models; Growth of nanoalloys; Mixing kinetics; coalescence

Chapter VII Optical properties of nanoalloys / Nanoalloys as optical probes

Linear optical spectroscopy; Mie theory and quantum confinement effects; Experimental techniques; Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy and electron-phonon couplings

Chapter VIII Magnetic properties of nanoalloys / Nanoalloys for magnetic storage

Magnetic moments and anisotropy; Experimental techniques; Magnetization configurations and role of chemical order; Kondo effect; Spin Dynamical effects

Chapter IX Catalysis by Nanoalloys

Preparation and characterization; Computational approaches; Various illustrations emphasizing the role of cluster size and composition

Chapter X Nanoalloys in life sciences

Biosynthesis of nanoalloys; Biofunctionalization; Applications as biosensors; imaging applications of nanoalloys; gene and vaccine delivery; Nanoalloys in pharmacology and toxicology

Chapter XI Applications for energy production and storage

Electrocatalysis; Nanoscale alloys for the reversible storage of hydrogen; Biofuel cells

Chapter XII Nanoalloys as building blocks

Assemblies of nanoalloys on substrates: preparation and characterization; Colloidal assemblies

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"These eleven articles start at the foundations of nanoalloys and go on to emergent technologies, taking into consideration the tiniest of differences in this near-zero-tolerance environment, starting with chemical synthesis of metal nanoparticles and nanoalloys. Entries then address the physical preparation of nanoalloys, modeling the electronic and geometric structure of nanoalloys, experimental techniques for structural characteristics, thermodynamical properties, kinetic aspects…optical probes of the chemical structure in metallic nanoalloys,…"--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

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