Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of atoms at the nanoscale level that has numerous worthwhile applications in the real world. Unique physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials can be exploited for high performing applications that benefit the society. Nanotechnology has the potential to penetrate the grassroots of the society, hence everyone should know and aware of this technology especially the students. Owing to the important of nanotechnology, this book ‘Essentials of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology’ has been prepared. This book contains nineteen chapters and covers both basics of nanoscience and nanotechnology and the applications of nanomaterials in varied disciplines. In the basics of nanoscience and nanotechnology part, this book briefs about the different properties of nanomaterials, various synthesis methods, and its characterization using important analytical instruments. Whereas in the application aspect, this book covers different disciplines, such as Agriculture, Food industry, Energy and Environmental Management, Medical science, Toxicology, and Biotechnology. This book has been written in a very simple format enabling easy understanding by the readers and students who have aspiration to know nanotechnology. All the chapters are framed, based on the ICAR’s prescribed B.Sc. Agriculture Undergraduate syllabus, hence this book will be more useful for both Undergraduate students and general readers.
Dr. M. Sivaji, Ph.D., is presently working as a Teaching Assistant (Biotechnology) in Agriculture College and Research Institute (AC&RI), Vazhavachanur, Tiruvannamalai, one of the constituent college of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. He has started his undergraduate programme in Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute (ADAC&RI), Trichy, TNAU, followed by Master Degree Programme M.Sc. (Agri.) in Plant Biotechnology in Kerala Agriculture University (KAU), Thrissur, Kerala through DBT-JNU Fellowship and Ph.D. in Biotechnology at AC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore. He has qualified ICAR-SRF and ICAR-NET. He is having five years working experience in both research and teaching. He has worked in the nanotechnology research project and handled Fundamentals of nanotechnology course to the undergraduate students. He has published 6 books, 35 national and international research papers, 25 popular articles. He has presented and participated 30 national and international seminar and symposium.
Dr. M. Yuvaraj, Ph.D., currently working as a Teaching Assistant in Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Vazhavachanur, Tiruvannamalai. He completed his undergraduate degree in Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai during the year 2005-2009 and he was awarded International Panacea Limited (IPL) Fellowship, New Delhi and also received Dr. T. Balakrishnan Gold medal for his post-graduate degree in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at Agriculture College and Research Institute, Madurai during the year 2009-2011. He was awarded UGC-Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) for his research in Nanotechnology in the field of Smart Delivery System of Zinc in Rice for doctoral research in the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore during the year 2011-2014. He worked nearly 4 years as an Assistant Professor in Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai, Vellore at that time he got Best Teacher award during the year 2018. He published 9 international and 13 national research articles, 12 book chapters, 3 undergraduate books, 5 review articles, and 25 popular articles. Besides, he is serving as a Reviewer in 10 journals and Editor in 3 journals of national and international.