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Nanotribology and Nanomechanics

An Introduction

Bhushan, Bharat (Ed.)

2nd ed. 2008


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  • Subset of the "Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology" addressed to a select audience
  • For teaching and self-study purposes
  • Focusing on the Nanomechanics and Nanotribology area
  • With a Foreword by Physics Nobel Laureate Gerd Binnig

This volume serves as a timely, practical introduction to the principles of nanotribology and nanomechanics and applications to magnetic storage systems, MEMS/NEMS and BioMEMS/bioNEMS. Assuming some familiarity with macrotribology/mechanics, the book comprises chapters by internationally recognized experts, who integrate knowledge of the field from the mechanics and materials-science perspectives. They cover key measurement techniques, their applications, and theoretical modelling of interfaces, each beginning their contributions with macro- and progressing to microconcepts. After reviewing the fundamental experimental and theoretical aspects in the first part, Nanotribology and Nanomechanics then treats applications.

Three groups of readers are likely to find this text valuable: graduate students, research workers, and practicing engineers. It can serve as the basis for a comprehensive, one- or two-semester course in scanning probe microscopy; applied scanning probe techniques; or nanotribology/nanomechanics/nanotechnology, in departments such as mechanical engineering, materials science, and applied physics.

This second, revised edition is substantially enlarged by three new chapters: One new chapter introduces to the theory, physics and characterization of the Lotus-Effect. Other new chapters discuss the attaching properties of hairs as realized at gecko feet and present a comprehensive review of structural, mechanical, and tribological properties of various hair and skin as a function of ethnicity, damage, conditioning treatment, and various environments.

With a Foreword by Physics Nobel Laureate Gerd Binnig

Dr. Bharat Bhushan is an Ohio Eminent Scholar and The Howard D. Winbigler Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Research Faculty Advisor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Director of the Nanotribology Laboratory for Information Storage & MEMS/NEMS (NLIM) at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He is an internationally recognized expert of tribology and mechanics on the macro- to nanoscales, and is one of the most prolific authors. He is considered by some a pioneer of the tribology and mechanics of magnetic storage devices and a leading researcher in the fields of nanotribology and nanomechanics using scanning probe microscopy and applications to micro/nanotechnology.

He is the recipient of various international fellowships including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for Senior Scientists, Max Planck Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Foreign Scientists, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adhesion, Friction, and Wear - BioMEMS/NEMS - Lubrication - Magnetic Storage Devices - Nanomechanics - Nanotribology - Rhe - Scanning Probe Microscopies - nanotechnology

Related subjects » Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Mechanics - Nanotechnology - Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films, Corrosion, Coatings

Table of contents 

– Measurement Techniques and Applications.- – Measurement Techniques and Applications.- Scanning Probe Microscopy.- Scanning Probe Microscopy – Principle of Operation, Instrumentation, and Probes.- Probes in Scanning Microscopies.- Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy and Related Topics.- Low-Temperature Scanning Probe Microscopy.- Dynamic Modes of Atomic Force Microscopy.- Molecular Recognition Force Microscopy: From Simple Bonds to Complex Energy Landscapes.- Nanotribology and Nanomechanics: Fundamental Studies.- Nanotribology, Nanomechanics and Materials Characterization.- Surface Forces and Nanorheology of Molecularly Thin Films.- Interfacial Forces and Spectroscopic Study of Confined Fluids.- Friction and Wear on the Atomic Scale.- Nanomechanical Properties of Solid Surfaces and Thin Films.- Computer Simulations of Nanometer-Scale Indentation and Friction.- Mechanical Properties of Nanostructures.- Scale Effect in Mechanical Properties and Tribology.- Molecularly-Thick Films for Lubrication.- Nanotribology of Ultrathin and Hard Amorphous Carbon Films.- Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) for Controlling Adhesion, Friction, and Wear.- Nanoscale Boundary Lubrication Studies.- Biomimetics.- Lotus Effect: Roughness-Induced Superhydrophobic Surfaces.- Gecko Feet: Natural Hairy Attachment Systems for Smart Adhesion – Mechanism, Modeling and Development of Bio-Inspired Materials.- Applications.- Micro/Nanotribology and Micro/Nanomechanics of Magnetic Storage Devices.- Nanotribology and Materials Characterization of MEMS/NEMS and BioMEMS/BioNEMS Materials and Devices.- Mechanical Properties of Micromachined Structures.- Structural, Nanomechanical, and Nanotribological Characterization of Human Hair Using Atomic Force Microscopy and Nanoindentation.

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