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Functional materials (inorganic, organic, hybrid) are new materials with unique physical, mechanical and chemical properties, including large surface areas, high conductivity and mechanical strength. Functional materials are the key to enabling further development of nanotechnologies for electronics, sensing, photonics, energy and biomedicine applications.
 
This book has 13 chapters and is divided in two parts. The first part is dedicated to the functional metal oxides, their production and application in gas sensing, fuel cells and solar cells. The second part of the book covers functional hybrid materials, such as carbon-based hybrids, chitosan, graphene and biopolymers with applications in organic light-emitting-diodes and flexible displays, targeted drug delivery and antimicrobial surfaces.
 
The distinguished authors created this book for a broad audience ranging from students to researchers. The pages are beautifully illustrated with many figures and photos, and it is written in an accessible manner, with hundreds of references per chapter.
 
Review by Mircea Dragoman, National Research Institute in Microtechnology, Bucharest-Voluntari, Romania

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