The authors of Oxide Thin Films and Nanostructures have produced a state-of-the-art reference on the topic—an interesting book reflecting the longstanding experience of its authors. It should be of interest to graduate students, researchers in materials science and solid-state chemistry, and professionals involved with advanced optical materials.
Beyond an introduction to fabrication methods for oxide thin-film growth and oxide nanoparticles, Netzer and Noguera offer a broad spectrum of experimental and theoretical computational methods for material characterization. The reader interested in oxide thin-film properties will find a detailed discussion on structural effects, including polymorphism, vibrational and ferroelectric as well as magnetic properties. As with the development of graphene, the work provides an excellent perspective into 2D oxides through fabrication—synthesis, geometric structure aspects, electronic properties and 2D nanoribbons or nano-islands.
Readers interested in oxide and mixed-oxide nanoparticles will find a useful presentation for non-scalable and scalable regimes. Furthermore, the authors discuss current and developing applications, including photo-electrocatalysis, solid electric fuel cells, solar energy material and biosensing platforms.
Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, Mainzer Koenig Research Associates, Portland, OR, USA
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