Nanostructures in Biological Systems: Theory and Applications

Aleš Iglič, Damjana Drobne, Veronika Kralj-Iglič

June 18, 2015 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 534 Pages - 16 Color & 164 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814267205 - CAT# N10694

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  • Differs from other books as it presents the theoretical approach, which is useful in describing electrical and elastic phenomena in nanostructures in biological systems
  • Takes a novel approach in that biophysical methods are used to describe and indicate manipulation of clinically relevant problems (which have hitherto been largely ascribed to biochemical phenomena)
  • Includes detailed derivations, which enable the readers to understand concepts on the basics of various theoretical approaches


This book is a survey on the theoretical as well as experimental results on nanostructures in biological systems. It shows how a unifying approach starting from single-particle energy, deriving free energy of the system and determining the equilibrium by minimizing the free energy, can be applied to describe electrical and elastic phenomena. It helps the readers to use this basic, transparent, and simple approach to develop additional new systems and interactions and describes the theoretical and experimental aspects together so that they support each other in broadening the knowledge on biological systems. It suggests potential use of this knowledge in clinically relevant phenomena such as hemostasis, inflammation, and spreading of cancer and describes some applications in nanotoxicology, such as the interactions between biological membranes and inorganic nanostructures.