About the Book: Nanowires: Recent Advances
"A nanowire is a wire of dimensions of the order of a nanometer. Alternatively,
nanowires can be defined as structures that have a lateral size constrained to
tens of nanometers or less and an unconstrained longitudinal size. At these
scales, quantum mechanical effects are important-hence such wires are also known
as "quantum wires". Many different types of nanowires exist, including metallic,
semiconducting, and insulating. Molecular nanowires are composed of repeating
molecular units either organic or inorganic."