Carbon Nanomaterials

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  • Describes how nanocarbon properties differ from that of microstructured, monolithic, or composite materials
  • Explains how geometry, size, and other factors determine the chemical behavior and physical properties of carbon nanomaterials
  • Examines growth and synthesis processes including natural occurrences, self-assembly and aligning processes, directional and vapor deposition, and the formation of colloids, films, and fibers
  • Discusses methods for modification including functionalization, solubilization, partial oxidation, replacement, attachment of functional groups, and filling of inner cavities
  • Compares key structural, physicochemical, and electronic properties—including solubility, processability, and semi- and superconductivity—of unmodified and functionalized nanocarbons
  • Reviews current research in nanocarbon applications including electron-transfer reactions, liquid crystals, polymers, dendrimers, and solar cells
  • Summary

    First Self-Contained Source Entirely Dedicated to Nanocarbons

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) attract a good deal of attention for their electronic, mechanical, optical, and chemical characteristics. But nanostructured carbons are not limited to nanotubes and fullerenes—they also exist as nano-diamonds, fibers, cones, scrolls, whiskers, and graphite polyhedral crystals. While excellent papers and articles exist scattered across several journals, a comprehensive, single volume focused simply on carbon-based nanostructures was unavailable, until now.

    Featuring the contributions of exceptional leaders in the field, Carbon Nanomaterials brings together the most up-to-date research findings on the special properties, practical synthesis, and real applications for all types of carbon-related nanomaterials. The authors emphasize the importance of nanotexture and surface chemistry in various modification methods used to customize properties for a wide range of applications. They also draw attention to challenges that must be addressed before they are fully integrated into the next generation of science and engineering applications. The final chapter is dedicated to examining the timely application of carbon nanotubes as a composite material for solar cells and electrical hydrogen storage.  

    Carbon Nanomaterials provides a broad survey of numerous carbon-based nanomaterials in the context of commercially available nanomaterials as well as emerging technologies and future applications in the fields of molecular electronics, sensoring, nano- and micro electromechanic devices, field-emission displays, energy storage, and composite materials.

    Table of Contents

    Fullerenes and Their Derivatives; Aurelio Mateo-Alonso, Nikos Tagmatarchis, and Maurizio Prato
    Carbon Nanotubes: Structure and Properties; John E. Fischer
    Chemistry of Carbon Nanotubes; Eduard G. Rakov
    Graphite Whiskers, Cones, and Polyhedral Crystals; Svetlana Dimovski and Yury Gogotsi
    Nanocrystalline Diamond; Olga Shenderova and Gary McGuire
    Carbide-Derived Carbon; Gleb Yushin, Alexei Nikitin, and Yury Gogotsi
    Nanotubes in Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites; Fangming Du and Karen I. Winey
    Nanostructured Materials for Field Emission Devices; J.D. Carey and S.R.P. Silva
    Nanotextured Carbons for Electrochemical Energy Storage; François Béguin and Elzbieta Frackowiak