About this series
Materials with layered and fiber structures have always played an important role in day-to-day practice of science. With regard to theory, the physics and chemistry of one- and two-dimensional systems can be more difficult than in isotropic cases (in contrast with e.g. mathematical models). The series
Physics and Chemistry of Materials
with Low-Dimensional Structures aims at providing a clear and comprehensive overview of the wide properties of phases characterized by low-dimensional structures.
Foremost, layer and fiber crystal structures are considered, but also multi-layer, superstructures and cluster phases are subjects of concern. The choice of materials is broad, going from classical clay minerals to synthetic metals, through inorganic layered semiconductors, layered superconducting oxides, polymers, organic and inorganic nano- and micro-tubes or zero-dimensional systems like fullerenes and cluster crystals.
The aim of the series is to present the chemistry and physics of these materials. The fundamental issue - far from straightforward - is the influence of the enhanced structural anisotropy on the properties. In many cases, however, the typical properties of low-dimensional materials are unique, like the existence of intercalation compounds, the occurrence of charge density waves and related phase transitions, the enhancement of superconductivity, the remarkable electrical and optoelectronic properties of synthetic and self-organized semiconductor superstructures and quantum structures.
Every volume in the series is devoted to a specific topic and contains reviews written by one or more specialists in the field. Each volume aims at presenting the current state of knowledge based on recent and established results. The volumes should appeal to scientists and researchers and can be considered reference books in research. They may also serve as introductory texts on a graduate level and beyond.