Title
Nanoscience, nanotechnology and spectrometry Nanoscience, nanotechnology and spectrometry
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Chemistry
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Chemistry
Source (journal)
Spectrochimica acta: part B: atomic spectroscopy. - Oxford, 1967, currens
Volume/pages
86(2013) , p. 3-13
ISSN
0584-8547
0038-6987
ISI
000323298400002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Nanoscience has outgrown its infancy, and nanotechnology has found important applications in our daily life with many more to come. Although the central concepts of the nano world, namely the changes of particular physical properties on the length scale of individual atoms and molecules, have been known and developed for quite some time already, experimental advances since the 1980s and recognition of the potential of nanomaterials led to a genuine breakthrough of the inherently multidisciplinary nanoscience field. Analytical nanoscience and nanotechnology and especially the use of micro and nano electro mechanical systems, of the quantum dots and of mass spectrometry, currently provide one of the most promising avenues for developments in analytical science, derived from their two main fields of action, namely (a) the analysis of nano-structured materials and (b) their use as new tools for analysis. An overview is given of recent developments and trends in the field, highlighting the importance and point out future directions, while also touching drawbacks, such as emerging concerns about health and environmental issues.
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