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Single Molecule Chemistry and Physics

An Introduction


Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)

About this book


The characterization of individual molecules has been a scientifically attractive and challenging task for decades, and remains so today. New technological developments have facilitated great progress in our understanding of the structure and behavior of single atoms and molecules in various environments. This book provides an introduction to the most important experimental and theoretical methods for characterizing and imaging single molecules, including scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy of molecules at surfaces, fluorescence studies, near-field optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. It also elucidates newly discovered properties of single-molecular systems and their relevance to the fast growing field of nanotechnology.


Microscopy Nanoscience Single molecule Surface science molecule nanotechnology scattering

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  1. 1.National Center for Nanoscience and TechnologyBeijingChina

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From the reviews:

"This book provides a detailed introduction to the literature on scanning probe microscopy (SPM) … . Each chapter contains its own bibliography of the original papers, as well as occasional references to recent work by the authors themselves. … this is a valuable book that fills a gap in the reference material for teaching topics in the area of single molecules at a senior undergraduate or beginning graduate level." (Naresh Dalal, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 129, 2007)