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In the past few years, nanotechnology research has expanded out of the chemistry department and into the fields of medicine, energy, aerospace and even computing and information technology. With bulk materials, the surface area to volume is insignificant in relation to the number of atoms in the bulk, however when the particles are only 1 to 100 nm across, different properties begin to arise. For example, commercial grade zinc oxide has a surface area range of 2.5 to 12 m 2 /g while nanoparticle zinc oxide can have surface areas as high as 54 m 2 /g . The nanoparticles have superior UV blocking properties when compared to the bulk material, making them useful in applications such as sunscreen. Many useful properties of nanoparticles rise from their small size, making it very important to be able to determine their surface area.

Overview of bet theory

The BET theory was developed by Stephen Brunauer ( [link] ), Paul Emmett ( [link] ), and Edward Teller ( [link] ) in 1938. The first letter of each publisher’s surname was taken to name this theory. The BET theory was an extension of the Langmuir theory, developed by Irving Langmuir ( [link] ) in 1916.

Hungarian chemist Stephen Brunauer (1903-1986). Adapted from K. S. Sing, Langmuir, 1987, 3 , 2 (Copyright: American Chemical Society).
American chemical engineer Paul H. Emmett (1900 - 1985). Adapted from B.H. Davis, J. Phys. Chem., 1986, 90 , 4702 (Copyright: American Chemical Society).
Hungarian born theoretical physicist Edward Teller (1908 – 2003) shown in 1958 as the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was known as "the father of the hydrogen bomb".
American chemist and physicist Irving Langmuir (1881 - 1957). Adapted from J. Chem. Educ. , 1933, 10 , 65 (Copyright: American Chemical Society).

The Langmuir theory relates the monolayer adsorption of gas molecules ( [link] ), also called adsorbates, onto a solid surface to the gas pressure of a medium above the solid surface at a fixed temperature to [link] , where θ is the fractional cover of the surface, P is the gas pressure and α is a constant.

Schematic of the adsorption of gas molecules onto the surface of a sample showing (a) the monolayer adsorption model assumed by the Langmuir theory and (b) s the multilayer adsorption model assumed by the BET theory.

The Langmuir theory is based on the following assumptions:

  • All surface sites have the same adsorption energy for the adsorbate, which is usually argon, krypton or nitrogen gas. The surface site is defined as the area on the sample where one molecule can adsorb onto.
  • Adsorption of the solvent at one site occurs independently of adsorption at neighboring sites.
  • Activity of adsorbate is directly proportional to its concentration.
  • Adsorbates form a monolayer.
  • Each active site can be occupied only by one particle.

The Langmuir theory has a few flaws that are addressed by the BET theory. The BET theory extends the Langmuir theory to multilayer adsorption ( [link] ) with three additional assumptions:

  • Gas molecules will physically adsorb on a solid in layers infinitely.
  • The different adsorption layers do not interact.
  • The theory can be applied to each layer.

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
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types of nano material
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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