Nanochemistry tools aid the design of Prussian blue and its analogue nanoparticles and nanocomposites. The use of such nanomaterials is now widely regarded as an alternative to other inorganic nanomaterials in a variety of scientific applications. This book addresses Prussian blue and its analogues in a historical context and discusses their numerous applications. It compiles and details the latest cutting-edge scientific research on these nanomaterials. The book provides an overview of the methodological concepts of the nanoscale synthesis of Prussian blue and its analogues, as well as the study and understanding of their properties and of the extent and diversity of application fields in relation to the major societal challenges of the 21st century on energy, environment, and health.
About the Editors
Yannick Guari is head of the Molecular Engineering and Nano-Objects team at the Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, University of Montpellier, France, and conducts research on metal-containing nanoparticles and nanocomposites. He earned a PhD in chemistry at the University of Toulouse in 1998. His thesis work under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Chaudret was on ruthenium complexes and their uses for the C–H bond activation. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Amsterdam in the research group of Prof. Piet van Leeuwen, studying palladium and platinum complexes in homogeneous catalysis, Dr. Guari joined the CNRS, France, as a permanent researcher.
Joulia Larionova is professor at the University of Montpellier and since 2009 directs research activities at the Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier. Engineer in radiochemistry and nuclear physics, she defended her thesis at the University of Bordeaux I in 1998 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Switzerland at the Universities of Bern and Lausanne. Prof. Larionova’s research is focused on the development and characterization of nanomaterials and study of their magnetic and optical properties with applications in the areas of biomedical imaging and decontamination.
“This book is a complete overview on the Prussian blue system at the nanoscale. History, physical and chemical properties, and advanced applications are presented in an exhaustive and captivating manner by top players of the field, from France, the United States, Japan, India, and Germany. The recently developed nanoscale approach described in this book has given a new life to this old family. We could say that Prussian blue is an evergreen product, were it not blue! I strongly recommend this book to all scientists interested in chemical approaches to the nanoscale world.”~Prof. Andrea Caneschi, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
“More than three centuries after its invention, Prussian blue (PB) and its analogues (PBA) are evergreen systems that have caught the eyes of scientists working in different domains. This is nicely illustrated by the contents of this book, which provides the reader with a survey from the use of PB as a blue color in painting to its application (together with PBA) in magneto-optical devices, electrochemical energy storage, catalysis, decontamination, and biomedicine (therapeutic and theranostic agents). It is fascinating and highly rewarding to see through the 10 chapters how—since the former artistic side of these old systems—scientists have been able to look at them from a fresh perspective and to turn them into multifunctional chemical objects that can be used in nanomedicine and environmental remediation.”~Prof. Miguel Julve, Universitat de València, Spain
“This book offers a timely perspective on the development of Prussian blue and its analogue nanoparticles and nanocomposites. Starting from the history of Prussian blue, it addresses the concepts on the synthesis, study, and understanding of properties and the diversity of applications of this fascinating class of nanomaterials. This is a very interesting book, especially for students and young scientists seeking inspiration from the most updated discoveries in the field, written by highly recognized authors worldwide.”~Prof. Luís Carlos, University of Aveiro, Portugal