The only standard reference in this exciting new field combines the physical,
chemical and material science perspectives in a synergic way.
This monograph traces the development of the preparative methods employed
to create nanostructures, in addition to the experimental techniques used to
characterize them, as well as some of the surprising physical effects. The chapters
cover every category of material, from organic to coordination compounds, metals
and composites, in zero, one, two and three dimensions. The book also reviews
structural, chemical, optical, and other physical properties, finishing with
a look at the future for chiral nanosystems.
David Amabilino is a tenured scientist at the Materials Science Institute (ICMAB,
CISC) near Barcelona, where he is presently the vice-director. He worked as
a postdoc on self-assembly of interlocked molecules in Fraser Stoddart's group
(then in Birmingham, Engalnd), on porphyrin-containing assemblies in Jean-Pierre
Sauvage's group (ULP, Strasbourg) and chiral polymers in Jaume Veciana's group
(ICMAB, CSIC) after receiving both BSc (hons.) and PhD from Royal Holloway and
Bedford New College (University of London). His current interests include the
influence of supramolecular and stereochemical effects on molecular materials,
and especially the expression of chirality at the nanoscale and the effects
it has on the hierarchical passage of handedness. In research related to this,
he is coordinating two projects founded by the European commission.