Mechanical Properties of Nanostructures

Structural integrity is of paramount importance in all devices. Load applied during the use of devices can result in component failure. Cracks can develop and propagate under tensile stresses, leading to failure. Knowledge of the mechanical properties of

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Nanotribology and Nanomechanics An Introduction 2nd edition


Professor Bharat Bhushan Ohio Eminent Scholar and The Howard D. Winbigler Professor Director, Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics (NLB2 ) 201 W. 19th Avenue Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 43210-1142 USA [email protected]

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The invention of the scanning tunneling microscope in 1981 has led to an explosion of a family of instruments called scanning probe microscopes (SPMs). One of the most popular instruments in this family is the atomic force microscope (AFM), which was introduced to the scientific community in 1986. The application of SPMs has penetrated numerous science and engineering fields. Proliferation of SPMs in science and technology labs is similar to optical microscopes fifty years ago. SPMs have even made it into some high school science labs. Evolution of nanotechnology has accelerated the use of SPMs and vice versa. The scientific and industrial applications include quality control in the semiconductor industry and related research, molecular biology and chemistry, medical studies, materials science, and the field of information storage systems. AFMs were developed initially for imaging with atomic or near atomic resolution. After their invention, they were modified for tribological studies. AFMs are now intensively used in this field and have lead to the development of the field of nanotribology. Researchers can image single lubricant molecules and their agglomeration and measure surface topography, adhesion, friction, wear, lubricant film thickness, and mechanical properties all on a micrometer to nanometer scale. SPMs are also used for nanofabrication and nanomachining. Beyond as an analytical instrument, SPMs are being developed as industrial tools such as for data storage. With the advent of more