Hierarchical Nanostructures for Energy Devices
Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Hierarchical Nanostructures
Published:29 Oct 2014
Special Collection: 2014 ebook collection , ECCC Environmental eBooks 1968-2022 , 2011-2015 materials and nanoscience subject collectionSeries: Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Jinhwan Lee, Seung Hwan Ko, 2014. "Fundamentals of Hierarchical Nanostructures", Hierarchical Nanostructures for Energy Devices, Seung H Ko, Costas P Grigoropoulos, Royal Society of Chemistry
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Nanostructures have various unique characteristics: thermal, mechanical, electronic, optoelectronic, optical, chemical, and so on. These characteristics are very different from those of their bulk counterparts due to the large surface area and quantum confinement effects of nanomaterials. The so called “properties” of materials will not be constant any more at a small scale below certain critical values but will be more or less size dependent. This provides huge potential for the development of various functional novel devices. In this chapter, the unique characteristics of nanostructures will be discussed.