Nanoelectromechanics in Engineering and Biology

Michael Pycraft Hughes

October 29, 2002 by CRC Press
Textbook - 344 Pages - 135 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849311833 - CAT# 1183
Series: Nano- and Microscience, Engineering, Technology and Medicine


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  • Examines the manipulation of nanoparticles, from simple solid spheres to hypothetical nanomachines
  • Includes a comprehensive description of nanoscale dielectrophoretic techniques
  • Introduces the lab-on-a-chip concept and describes a range of techniques and applications
  • Contains how-to descriptions of building particle separators, electric field simulations, and methods for data analysis
  • Provides detailed descriptions of experimental setups, fabrication technologies, and simulation methods
  • Assumes only a calculus and high-school physics background
  • Summary

    The success, growth, and virtually limitless applications of nanotechnology depend upon our ability to manipulate nanoscale objects, which in turn depends upon developing new insights into the interactions of electric fields, nanoparticles, and the molecules that surround them. In the first book to unite and directly address particle electrokinetics and nanotechnology, Nanoelectromechanics in Engineering and Biology provides a thorough grounding in the phenomena associated with nanoscale particle manipulation.

    The author delivers a wealth of application and background knowledge, from using electric fields for particle sorting in lab-on-a-chip devices to electrode fabrication, electric field simulation, and computer analysis. It also explores how electromechanics can be applied to sorting DNA molecules, examining viruses, constructing electronic devices with carbon nanotubes, and actuating nanoscale electric motors.

    The field of nanotechnology is inherently multidisciplinary-in its principles, in its techniques, and in its applications-and meeting its current and future challenges will require the kind of approach reflected in this book. Unmatched in its scope, Nanoelectromechanics in Engineering and Biology offers an outstanding opportunity for people in all areas of research and technology to explore the use and precise manipulation of nanoscale structures.