Melting Point of Nanomaterials

Authored by: Pierre Letellier , Alain Mayaffre , Mireille Turmine

1 Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075403
eBook ISBN: 9781420075410
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When we try to define what is a nanomaterial or a nanoparticle, the first idea that comes to our mind is to specify its size. Whether it is a sphere, a crystal, a wire, or a film, we admit that at least one of its dimensions is of the order of few nanometers. But this geometrical definition is insufficient to assess whether the system has the properties of a nanomaterial. Indeed, the “measured size” of a nanomaterial essentially depends on the method of analysis that is available. The shape of these nanoelements is often complicated and complex and they are rarely identical to one another.

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