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Toward a New DimensionExploring the Nanoscale$
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Anne Marcovich and Terry Shinn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714613.001.0001

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Mainstays of Nanoscale Research

Mainstays of Nanoscale Research

(p.14) 1 Mainstays of Nanoscale Research
Toward a New Dimension

Anne Marcovich

Terry Shinn

Oxford University Press

Nanoscale scientific research suddenly arose during the 1980s and 1990s. It now constitutes an immense worldwide research domain. It is based on the invention of scanning probe microscopy and powerful numerical simulation, and on the capacity to manipulate individual molecules and atoms. The capacity of nanoscale research to synthesize artificial substances, often through epitaxy, such as fullerenes and low-dimensional objects, has fueled important transformations in scientific investigation and allowed the formulation of previously unimagined questions. The emergence of nanostructured materials and corresponding instrumentation has been fueled by cognitive, methodological, instrumental, and material combinatorials. “Combinatorial” refers to an association or interlocking of two or more components that give rise to a resulting novelty in the form of a synergy.

Keywords:   scanning probe microscopy, numerical simulation, fullerenes, low-dimensional objects, epitaxy, combinatorial, control

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