Chemistry of nanocarbons
T Akasaka, F Wudl and S Nagase (eds)
Chichester, UK: Wiley 2010 | 526pp | £100.00 (HB)
Reviewed by Raymond Whitby
The book does not provide a critique of previously published material and it does raise questions. For example, why is the dedication missing three discoverers of C60? Why is Iijima-sensei always listed as the discoverer of carbon nanotubes?1 Why is there no mention of removing oxidative lattice fragments, a.k.a. fulvic acids, in the 'covalent' chemistry of acid-oxidised carbon nanotubes? 2
Certain chapters often favour detailed physical chemistry and materials science rather than synthetic chemistry, which would have been preferable for nanodiamonds and graphenes as these contain exciting recent developments for the experimental researcher. Moreover, a number of chemical reactions are missing, eg surface chemistry of carbon nanomaterials with silica, so the book does fall short on some of its objectives. However, despite these few grumbles, the book does provide a useful reference resource for the topics covered and is a likely addition to the international bookshelf.
1 M. Monthiou et al, Carbon, 2006, 44, 1621
2 C G Salzmann et al, Adv. Mater., 2007, 19, 883; R Verdejo et al, Chem. Commun., 2007, 5, 513; Z. Wang et al, Carbon, 2009, 47, 73