Nanotechnology A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea

ISBN-10: 0131014005

ISBN-13: 9780131014008

Edition: 2003

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This book is the technical and business overview of tomorrow's scientific breakthrough. The authors survey the scientific research and business aspects of the field, try to explain the key concepts, provide a look at current developments, and give some thoughts on where nanotechnology is likely to go in the next few years. The book will be approachable and witty, with lots of illustrations and examples. The focus of the book is on science and technology, but business is discussed as well. The growing interest in nanotechnology by the investment community and the federal dollars going into nanotechnology are explained. Ratner and Ratner go on to explain why the National Science Foundation has estimated that it could be a $1 trillion market by 2015. Nanotechnology, or, as it is sometimes called, molecular manufacturing, is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of extremely small electronic circuits and mechanical devices built at the molecular level of matter. Nanotechnology holds promise in the quest for ever-more-powerful computers and communications devices. But the most fascinating applications are in medical science. Nanorobots might serve as programmable antibodies. As disease-causing bacteria and viruses mutate in their endless attempts to get around medical treatments, nanorobots could be reprogrammed to selectively seek out and destroy them. Other nanorobots might be programmed to single out and kill cancer cells.
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 11/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Introducing Nano
Why Do I Care About Nano?
Who Should Read This Book?
What Is Nano?
A Definition
A Note on Measures
Size Matters
A Different Kind of Small
Some Nano Challenges
Interlude One-The Fundamental Science Behind Nanotechnology
Electrons
Atoms and Ions
Molecules
Metals
Other Materials
Biosystems
Molecular Recognition
Electrical Conduction and Ohm's Law
Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Ideas
Optics
Interlude Two: Tools of the Nanosciences
Tools for Measuring Nanostructures
Scanning Probe Instruments
Spectroscopy
Electrochemistry
Electron Microscopy
Tools to Make Nanostructures
The Return of Scanning Probe Instruments
Nanoscale Lithography
Dip Pen Nanolithography
E-Beam Lithography
Nanosphere Liftoff Lithography
Molecular Synthesis
Self-Assembly
Nanoscale Crystal Growth
Polymerization
Nanobricks and Building Blocks
Tools to Imagine Nanoscale Behaviors
NanoCAD
Points and Places of Interest: The Grand Tour
Smart Materials
Sensors
Nanoscale Biostructures
Energy Capture, Transformation, and Storage
Optics
Magnets
Fabrication
Electronics
Electronics Again
Modeling
Smart Materials
Self-Healing Structures
Recognition
Separation
Catalysts
Heterogeneous Nanostructures and Composites
Encapsulation
Consumer Goods
Sensors
Natural Nanoscale Sensors
Electromagnetic Sensors
Biosensors
Electronic Noses
Biomedical Applications
Drugs
Drug Delivery
Photodynamic Therapy
Molecular Motors
Neuro-Electronic Interfaces
Protein Engineering
Shedding New Light on Cells: NanoLuminescent Tags
Optics and Electronics
Light Energy, Its Capture, and Photovoltaics
Light Production
Light Transmission
Light Control and Manipulation
Electronics
Carbon Nanotubes
Soft Molecule Electronics
Memories
Gates and Switches
Architectures
Nanobusiness
Boom, Bust, and Nanotechnology: The Next Industrial Revolution?
Nanobusiness Today
High Tech, Bio Tech, Nanotech
The Investment Landscape
Other Dot Com Lessons
Nanotechnology and You
Nanotechnology: Here and Now
Nano Ethics: Looking Beyond the Promise of Nanotechnology
A Some Good Nano
Resources
Glossary
Index
About the Authors
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