This exploratory textbook starts with fundamentals that satisfy the needs of a diverse group of educators, researchers and students aspiring to engage in research and engineering of nanomaterials. It bridges the gap between undergraduate students in science and engineering who have not yet chosen a specific career path, graduate students still considering different disciplines and the cross-cutting scientific topics in nanomaterials. It extends to methods of common practice in the field, spanning experimental, and theoretical techniques. The extensive use of nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, in the future of global technological solutions underscores the relevance of this text aimed at students and researchers with a range of interests. "Advances in Nanomaterials: Fundamentals, Properties and Applications," is ideal for senior undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and general science enthusiasts interested in nanomaterials across contexts ranging from solar energy, structural engineering, to medical devices, to semiconductors.
Ganesh Balasubramanian is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics at Lehigh University. Previously he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. He received his BME degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India in 2007, his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2011, and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Theoretical Physical Chemistry unit at TU Darmstadt in Germany till 2012. His research and teaching interests are in computational materials engineering, strongly disordered materials, and nanoscale transport and mechanics. Some of his recognitions include the ASEE Outstanding New ME Educator award, AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship, Miller Faculty Fellowship at Iowa State, the Graduate Man of the Year and Liviu Librescu Scholarship at Virginia Tech, Young Engineering Fellowship from the Indian Institute of Science.