Nanoparticle Assemblies and Superstructures

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  • Presents investigations on the interactions between particles in ordered and non-ordered superstructure
  • Includes reviews of nanoscale devices that can utilize nanoparticle superstructures
  • Summarizes biomolecular nanotechnology, a new research field standing at a multidisciplinary crossroads
  • Looks at how the spatial packing of nanocrystals dictates architecture in the nanostructured microenvironment
  • Compares electrical and optical properties of ordered and disordered structure
  • Discusses recent advances in magnetic particle assemblies prepared from ferrofluids  



Cubes, triangular prisms, nano-acorn, nano-centipedes, nanoshells, nano-whiskers. . . .  Now that we can create nanoparticles in a wide variety of shapes and morphologies, comes the next challenge: finding ways to organize this collection of particles into larger and more complex systems.  Nanoparticle Assemblies and Superstructures, edited by pioneer of nanoparticle self-organization Nicholas A. Kotov, employs three critical questions to provide a framework of open-ended inquiry:

  1. What are the methods of organization of nanocolloids in more complex structures?
  2. What kind of structures do we need?
  3. What are the new properties appearing in nanocolloid superstructures?

Pulling together a collection of contributors unmatched in both their expertise and enthusiasm, Kotov presents what he refers to as a snapshot of nanoassembly work in progress. The first section of this comprehensive volume provides background through an assessment of the current status of nanoparticle assembly development and the requirements for different applications of organized nanomaterials. The middle chapters explore the changes that occur in various properties of individual particles when they are brought together to form agglomerates and simple assemblies. In the final section, a number of top scientists describe various methods for organizing particles in complex nanostructured superstructures. These include techniques involving biological ligands and force fields, as well as methods based on self-organization.

This remarkably prescient text upholds Kotov’s belief that the research on organization of nanoparticles and other nanostructures, will most certainly uncover a wealth of “interesting discoveries and surprising phenomena.”

Nicholas A. Kotov has received several state, national, and international awards for his research on nanomaterials, including the Mendeleev Stipend, the Humboldt Fellowship, and the CAREER award.

Table of Contents

Nanoscale Superstructures: Current Status Organization of Nanoparticles and Nanowires in Electronic Devices: Challenges, Methods, and Perspectives, Nicholas Kotov and Zhiyong Tang
Colloidal Inorganic Nanocrystal Building Blocks, Jinwoo Cheon, Young-wook Jun, and Sang-Min Lee
Electronic Properties of Nanoparticle Materials: From Isolated Particles to Assemblies Fluorescence Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Individual Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Alf Mews
Coherent Excitation of Vibrational Modes of Gold Nanorods, Gregory V. Hartland, Min Hu, Paul Mulvaney, and Orla Wilson
Fabricating Nanophase Erbium-Doped Silicon into Dots, Wires, and Extended Architectures, Jeffery L. Coffer
Conductance Spectroscopy of Low-Lying Electronic States of Arrays of Metallic Quantum Dots: A Computational Study, F. Remacle and R.D. Levine
Spectroscopy on Semiconductor Nanoparticle Assemblies, Herwig Döllefeld and Alexander Eychmüller
Optical and Dynamic Properties of Gold Metal Nanomaterials: From Isolated Nanoparticles to Assemblies, Thaddeus J. Norman, Jr., Christian D. Grant, and Jin Z. Zhang
Synthesis and Characterization of PbSe Nanocrystal Assemblies M. Bashouti, A. Sashchiuk, L. Amirav, S. Berger, M. Eiscn,  M. Krueger, U. Sivan, and E. Lifshitz
Biological Methods of Nanoparticle Organization Biomolecular Functionalization and Organization of Nanoparticles, Christof M. Niemeyer
Nature-Inspired Templated Nanoparticle Superstructures, Shu-Hong Yu and Helmut Cölfen
Assembly of Magneic Particles Magnetic Nanocrystals and Their Superstructures, Elena V. Shevchenko, Dmitri V. Talapin, Andrey L. Rogach, and Horst Weller
Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Phase Transformation of FePt Magnetic Nanoparticles, Shishou Kang, Xiangcheng Sun, J.W. Harrell, and David E. Nikles
Assemblies of Magnetic Particles: Properties and Applications, Michael Hilgendorff and Michael Giersig
Layered Nanoparticle Assemblies Template Synthesis and Assembly of Metal Nanowires for Electronic Applications, Sarah K. St. Angelo and Thomas E. Mallouk
Heteronanostructures of CdS and Pt Nanoparticles in Polyelectrolytes: Factors Governing the Self-Assembly and Light-Induced Charge Transfer and Transport Processes, Sara Ghannoum, Jad Jaber, Mariezabel Markarian, Yan Xin, and Lara I. Halaoui
Layer-by-Layer Assembly Approach to Templated Synthesis of Functional Nanostructures, Nina I. Kovtyukhova
Coherent Plasmon Coupling and Cooperative Interactions in the Two-Dimensional Array of Silver Nanoparticles, George Chumanov and Serhiy Z. Malynych
Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Colloids Self-Organization of Metallic Nanorods into Liquid Crystalline Arrays, Catherine J. Murphy, Nikhil R. Jana, Latha A. Gearheart, Sherine O. Obare, Stephen Mann, Christopher J. Johnson, and Karen J. Edler
Tailoring the Morphology and Assembly of Silver Nanoparticles Formed in DMF, Isabel Pastoriza-Santos and Luis M. Liz-Marzán
Interparticle Structural and Spatial Properties of Molecularly Mediated Assembly of Nanoparticles, Chuan-Jian Zhong, Li Han, Nancy Kariuki, Mathew M. Maye, and Jin Luo Langmuir–Blodgett
Thin Films of Gold NanoparticleMolecules: Fabrication of Cross-Linked Networks and Interfacial Dynamics, Shaowei Chen
Self-Assembling of Gold Nanoparticles at an Air–Water Interface, Hiroshi Yao, Seiichi Sato, and Keisaku Kimura

Editorial Reviews

“Overall, this volume is a delightful read for chemists, as it highlights the important role organic, bioorganic, and inorganic chemists must play in advancing nanotechnology. It is targeted for a chemical audience with an advanced degree in chemistry and a good background in all the traditional disciplines. …The book certainly highlights the important role chemists must play in future developments of nanotechnology, particularly in regard to nanoparticle assembly and superstructure synthesis.”
     —Miguel E. Castro, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.128, No.35, 2006