This book covers the continually expanding field of metal nanoparticles and clusters, in particular their size-dependent properties and quantum phenomena. The approaches to the organization of atoms that form clusters and nanoparticles have been advancing rapidly in recent times. These advancements are described through a combination of experimental and computational approaches and are covered in detail by the authors. Recent highlights of the various emerging properties and applications ranging from plasmonics to catalysis are showcased.
Dr. Francis Leonard Deepak is a Group Leader in the Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal. He received his PhD at the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India. His broad area of research is focused on the use of advanced electron microscopic techniques for the study of materials/nanomaterials for various applications, as well as in the study of fundamental physical phenomena and dynamics at the nanoscale.
From Nano- to Angstrom- technology: Introduction to Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters.- Recent Developments in the Synthesis of Metal Nanocrystals.- Structure of Metal Nanoparticles.- Spectroscopic and computational studies of metal nanoparticles and clusters.- Surface enhanced spectroscopies: Optical Techniques and Plasmonic Nanostructures.- Surface Plasmons in Quantum-sized noble-metal clusters-Theoretical Aspects.- Nanoparticles in supported and colloidal catalysis.- Catalytic efficiency of metallic nanoparticles-Theoretical Aspects.- Advanced electron microscopy of nanoalloys.- Imaging clusters under an electron microscope.- Thermodynamics of Metal Nanoparticles.- Gold and silver fluorescent nanoclusters as an emerging probe for chemical and biological sensors.- Plasmonic and NIR light sensitive nanomaterials for photothermal cancer therapy.