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Nanomachines: Fundamentals and Applications

Nanomachines: Fundamentals and Applications

Joseph Wang

ISBN: 978-3-527-65147-4

Jun 2013

200 pages

$45.99

Description

Nanomachines represent one of the most fascinating topics in of nanotechnology. These tiny devices provide diverse opportunities towards a wide range of important applications, ranging from targeted delivery of drug payloads to environmental remediation. This book addresses comprehensively the latest developments and discoveries in the field of nano- and microscale machines. It covers the evolution of nanomachines in general from a historical perspective, the fundamental challenges for motion at the nanoscale, different categories of biological and synthetic nano/microscale motors based on different propulsion mechanisms, ways for controlling the movement directionality
and regulated speed, followed by detailed of major areas for which nanomachines has the potential to make a transformational impact. It ends with a futuristic look at nano/microscale machines and into their impact on the society.

Key Features:

* The only nanomachine introductory textbook currently available.
* Written with college graduate level in mind to appeal to a broad interdisciplinary audience.
* Covers the fundamental challenges for nanoscale motion.
* Covers the latest advances in the design and operaton of a wide range of small-scale machines.
* Covers diverse biomedical, environmental and technological applications of nanomachines.
* Written in review format with cited articles to cover latest research and developments.
PREFACE

FUNDAMENTALS ? SMALL-SCALE PROPULSION
Introduction
Nanomachines History
Challenges to Nanoscale Propulsion
Low Reynolds Number Hydrodynamics

MOTION OF NATURAL NANOSWIMMERS
Introduction
Chemically Powered Motor Proteins
Rotary Biomotors
Swimming Microorganisms

MOLECULAR MACHINES
Stimuli-Responsive Rotaxane, Pseudorotaxane, and Catenane Nanomachines
Molecular Rotary Motors
Light-Driven Molecular Machines based on cis?trans Photoisomerization
Nanocars
DNA Nanomachines

SELF-PROPELLING CHEMICALLY POWERED DEVICES
Self-Propelling Catalytic Nanowires
Catalytic Tubular Microengines
Catalytic Janus Microparticles: Spherical Motors
Controlled Motion of Chemically Powered Nano/Microscale Motors
Alternative Fuels for Chemically Powered Micro/Nanoscale Motors
Collective Behavior: Toward Swarming and Chemotaxis
Biocatalytic Propulsion
Motion Based on Asymmetric Release of Chemicals
Polymerization-Induced Motion

EXTERNALLY POWERED NANOMOTORS ? FUEL-FREE NANOSWIMMERS
Magnetically Driven Nanomotors
Electrically Driven Nanomotors
Ultrasound-Actuated Micromotors
Light-Driven Micromotors
Hybrid Nanomotors

APPLICATIONS OF NANO/MICROSCALE MOTORS
Cargo Towing: Toward Drug Delivery
Biosensing and Target Isolation
Active Nanoscale Transport by Synthetic Motors in Microchip Devices
Nanomotor-based Surface Patterning and Self-Assembly
Use of Micro/Nanoscale Motors for Environmental Monitoring and Remediation

CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
Current Status and Future Opportunities
Future Challenges
Concluding Remarks

INDEX