Nano to Micro and Macro Characterization

  • Vikas Mittal
  • Nadejda B. Matsko
Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT.)


The commercial applications of materials often involve the structuring of nanoparticles into micro or macro structures. For example, the polymer particles are generally structured to form monoliths which can then be used as chromatography columns. Similarly, inorganic nanoparticles are fused together to form macroporous networks which can be used as catalyst supports or high strength and low density metallic foams. Organic particles also form continuous films on the substrates on which they are applied or coated. Characterization of such structures for their porosity, surface roughness, uniformity as well as stability is required as these characteristics drive the applications of these networks. A number of examples describing these features are presented in the following sections.


Glass Transition Temperature Polymer Particle Glycidyl Methacrylate Polymer Monolith Macro Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentThe Petroleum InstituteAbu DhabiUAE
  2. 2.Institute for Electron Microscopy and Fine Structure ResearchTechnical University of GrazGrazAustria

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