Nanomaterial Characterization: An Introduction

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  • Published: 24 May 2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-118-75359-0
  • Author: Ratna Tantra
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  • Introduces basic knowledge for nanomaterial characterization focusing on key properties and the different analytical techniques available 
  • Provides a quick reference to different analytical methods for a given property highlighting their pros and cons
  • Presents numerous case studies, ranging from characterizing nanomaterials in coffee creamer suspension to measurement of airborne dust exposure levels 
  • Provides an introduction to other topics that are strongly related to nanomaterial characterization e.g. synthesis, reference material and  metrology
  • Includes state of the art techniques: scanning tunneling microscopy under extreme conditions, novel strategy for biological characterization and methods to visualize multidimensional characterization data

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Andy Booth wrote:

An excellent reference point and source of knowledge on nanomaterial characterisation

This book represents a timely summary and state of the art regarding the characterisation of nanomaterial physicochemical properties, an issue that is highly relevant for many fields of nanomaterial research, not least nanosafety. In recent years, significant developments and achievements have been attained in the field of nanosafety. However, a reproducible and standardised approach to the characterisation of nanomaterials, together with the identification of which physicochemical properties are most relevant to determine, has been highlighted as a key issue that has limited our understanding and progress in the field.


This book addresses this issue directly, focusing on both selection of physicochemical properties (in relation to specific application areas such as nanosafety) and the most appropriate techniques for measuring these properties. The book also outlines different instrumentation and methodological approaches for nanomaterial characterisation depending on the level of detail required and the cost/time implications for conducting the measurements. Finally, and most critically, the book address is the issue of standardised approaches for determining nanomaterial physicochemical properties. This is a hugely important consideration and has, in recent years, been a source of conflicting data sets and results generated in different laboratories. Even minor differences in sample preparation and analysis procedures have been found to have significant impacts on the physicochemical characterisation data generated.


The author, Ratna Tantra, is ideally positioned to write and edit the book, owing to her extensive background in both nanomaterial characterisation and in the standardisation of measurement. She has assembled a team of experts in the field of nanomaterial characterisation, standardisation and synthesis which provides the latest knowledge of this topic for the reader. For those actively involved in the nanosafety and other relevant research fields involving nanomaterials, as well as those new to the field, this book represents an excellent reference point and source of knowledge.

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