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Diatom Nanotechnology: Progress and Emerging Applications Editor: Dusan Losic


About this book

Diatoms are single cell algae composed of silica. They represent one of the most outstanding natural materials with exceptional structural, mechanical, optical, photonic and chemical properties optimized through millions years of evolution. The unique nano and micro silica structures of the material combined with its availability as a low cost mineral from diatomaceous earth are attractive for solving many of today’s environmental, energy and health problems.

Diatom Nanotechnology provides a comprehensive overview of the material and its uses. The first part of the book looks at the distinctive porous silica structure of diatoms, the mechanism of their formation and their properties. Individual chapters then explore the broad range of their applications in nanotechnology including nanofabrication, optical biosensors, gas sensors, water purifications, photonics, drug delivery, batteries, solar cells, supercapacitors, new adsorbents and composite materials.

With contributions from leading international experts, the book represents an important resource for academics, researchers, industry professionals, postgraduate and advanced level undergraduate students providing them with the latest developments on this emerging and dynamic field.


Book content

  • Whence the diversity of diatom frustules?
  • Fluid interactions of diatoms
  • Diatoms: learning lesson in nanotechnology and materials engineering
  • In vitro and vivo approaches for the immobilization of enzymes and receptor proteins in diatom biosilica
  • Micro- and nano-optical devices from diatom nanostructures: light control by Mother Nature
  • Nanoengineering of Diatom’s Surface for Plausible Application
  • Diatoms for Drug Delivery Applications
  • The potential of modified diatom frustules for solar energy conversion
  • Diatoms silica as an emerging biomaterial for energy conversion and storage
  • Diatomaceous earth as a natural pesticide: recent progress and challenges
  • From diatoms to silica-based biohybrids

The print version of this book is planned for release on 03 November 2017. Information about this book is subject to change without notice.

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This book contains 274 pages.

Publication details

Copyright year: 2018
Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-932-0
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