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The Chemistry of Nanomaterials. Vols. 1 & 2. Edited by C. N. R. Rao Achim Mller and Anthony K

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The Chemistry of Nanomaterials
Vols. 1 & 2. Edited
by C. N. R. Rao,
Achim Mller, and
Anthony K. Cheetham. Wiley-VCH,
Weinheim 2004.
741 pp., hardcover
E 299.00.—ISBN
During the past 15–20 years, the chemistry of nanomaterials, which is a central
discipline within nanoscience and nanotechnology, has developed to become
recognized as a distinct and independent
area of research in chemistry. It brings
together many traditional currents of
chemical research, and gives rise to
entirely new questions through the
interaction with neighboring disciplines
such as biology, physics, and medicine.
There is no doubt that this field of
work is now one of those areas of
chemistry in which all the leading
research laboratories throughout the
world are actively engaged. Therefore,
the time was long overdue for the publication of a book dealing with the many
different aspects of the subject, which
is mainly serving the needs of advanced
students and active research scientists.
With that aim, the two-volume work
reviewed here begins with a brief introduction to the subject of nanomaterials.
The chapter provides an interesting
start for newcomers to the field, by
giving an overview of the relevant materials, of the effects of size quantization
and other size-dependent properties,
and lastly of areas of application of
nanotechnology, in which chemistry has
a role of central importance by providAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 5723 – 5725
ing methods for synthesizing materials,
and for controlled organization and
The introduction is followed by 20
chapters that are designed as standalone articles, which results in a certain
amount of overlapping. They deal with
the different approaches to the synthesis
and organization of nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanofilaments, and with
nanostructured polymers and nanoporous solids. The work gives an overview
of the many interesting properties of
such materials, ranging from the analysis
of their electronic structure to applications in catalysis, electrochemistry, and
biosensors. However, as an unavoidable
consequence of covering such a comprehensive range of topics, the individual
aspects cannot be treated as fully as
some readers might wish. That is certainly an advantage for the nonspecialist
reader, who is likely to be well served by
this concise work, and will benefit from
the very good list of contents and subject
index. On the other hand, the reader
who already has some knowledge of
the subject will notice that the chapters
vary greatly in the depth of treatment
of the various topics. Moreover, the
work does not cover dendrimers and
other large functional molecules or biomolecules, which certainly belong to the
class of nanomaterials. As a verdict on
the work as a whole, it is best suited to
be used as an accompaniment to lecture
courses in chemistry and materials science.
Ulrich Simon
Institut f,r Anorganische Chemie
Technische Hochschule Aachen
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200485204
An Introduction to
Techniques. By
Michael Khler and
Wolfgang Fritzsche.
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2004.
272 pp., hardcover
E 119.00.—ISBN
Nanotechnology has become one of the
most important and vibrant fields in
today,s research, with government
research expenditure reaching billions
of dollars, and a continuing increase in
the number of papers published on the
topic, which has resulted in the emergence of new scientific journals dedicated exclusively to “nanoresearch”.
One of the biggest challenges for
researchers in the field is that of surveying the vast amount of information and
new developments, identifying current
scientific and engineering needs, and
determining appropriate experimental
strategies. To facilitate synergism
between the different disciplines, it is
important to have available an overall
summary and commentary on the subject, which is sufficiently detailed to provide a broad coverage and insight into
the area, and at the same time is easily
readable for the wide audience of
those who need to know about the
nature of the field and its future prospects. The book Nanotechnology—An
Introduction to Nanostructuring Techniques, by M. K0hler and W. Fritzsche,
contributes to fulfilling this need by providing the reader with an urgently
needed up-to-date review of conceptual
approaches to nanostructure engineering.
The work is a creditable attempt to
present both a useful reference source,
which briefly introduces the reader to a
wide variety of structural engineering
techniques, and a textbook that provides
the basic theoretical framework to
understand function and structure on
the nanoscale. Throughout the book,
explanation is kept on a very elementary
level, which makes the book particularly
suitable for students at the undergraduate level, but advanced researchers—
5 2004 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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