A state-of-the-art reference, Metal Nanoparticles offers the latest research on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanoparticles. Following an introduction of structural, optical, electronic, and electrochemical properties of nanoparticles, the book elaborates on nanoclusters, hyper-Raleigh scattering, nanoarrays, and several applications including single electron devices, chemical sensors, biomolecule sensors, and DNA detection. The text emphasizes how size, shape, and surface chemistry affect particle performance throughout.

Topics include synthesis and formation of nanoclusters, nanosphere lithography, modeling of nanoparticle optical properties, and biomolecule sensors.

Introduction to particle synthesis, optical, and electronic properties; solution-phase nanocluster synthesis and mechanisms of formation; magic number metal clusters; electrochemical synthesis of high aspect ratio gold particles; template synthesis of metal nanostructures; synthesis of metal nanoclusters using dendrimer templates; nanosphere lithography; electrochemistry of monolayer protected gold clusters; modelling of nanoparticle optical properties; hyper-Raleigh scattering of nanoparticles; nanoparticle single electron devices; DNA detection using gold nanoparticles; conductance-based nanoparticle chemical sensors; surface plasmon resonance detection of biomolecules; synthesis of conductive polymer-gold particle composites; optical properties of complex metal nanostructures; si-coated nanoparticles; nanoparticle arrays; mixed particle arrays; nanoparticles in electronic devices.