Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea

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Overview

In Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, nanotech pioneer Mark Ratner and tech entrepreneur Daniel Ratner show how nanotech works, what's new, what's next, and why nanotech may be the next $1 trillion industry. They survey every area of R&D: nanobots, quantum and DNA computing, nanosensors, biostructures, neuro-electronic interfaces, molecular motors, and much more. Simple, brief, and nearly math-free, this is the perfect briefing on nanotech technology and business for every non-technical reader.
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Nanotechnology is hot. But once you get past the hype, what exactly is nanotech? How does it work? What nanotech products and applications are already out there? Which technological breakthroughs are most exciting? What nanotechnologies look like sure bets; which are long shots? How does nanotech fit into computing? Into biotech? Into manufacturing and defense? And what might be the ethical implications of devices small enough to go anywhere, see anything, even hide beneath the “radar” of your immune system?

Oh, and could you answer all those questions in plain English?

Mark and Dan Ratner have done just that, in Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea.

This isn’t just a journalist’s speculation. Mark Ratner, the “Father of Molecular Electronics,” is one of the world’s leading nanotech researchers, and winner of the field’s leading scientific award, the Feynman Prize.

But, unlike many treatments of nanotech, this book isn’t just about the science. It covers the business, engineering, and social implications, too. And it isn’t about just one corner of nanotech, such as nanobots. It covers the waterfront: quantum computing, biostructures, nanotubes, molecular motors, nanosensors, you name it. To really understand our tiny future, start right here. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131014008
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK RATNER, winner of the 2001 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in Chemistry at Northwestern University. He is widely credited as the "father of molecular-scale electronics"—thanks to his groundbreaking work with Ari Aviram that first envisioned how electronic circuit elements might be constructed from single molecules and how these circuits might behave. Ratner is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He lectures worldwide on nanotechnology and its implications.

DANIEL RATNER, an engineer and tech entreprenteur, has founded two successful technology startup companies, serves as industry advisor to several other high-tech ventures, and was recently awarded the prestigious "30 Under 30" entrepreneurs' award by Philly Tech magazine.

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This book has a straightforward aim—to acquaint you with the wholeidea of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This comprises the fabricationand understanding of matter at the ultimate scale at whichnature designs: the molecular scale. Nanoscience occurs at the intersectionof traditional science and engineering, quantum mechanics,and the most basic processes of life itself. Nanotechnology encompasseshow we harness our knowledge of nanoscience to create materials,machines, and devices that will fundamentally change the waywe live and work.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two of the hottest fields inscience, business, and the news today. This book is intended to helpyou understand both of them. It should require the investment ofabout six hours—a slow Sunday afternoon or an airplane trip fromBoston to Los Angeles. Along the way, we hope that you will enjoythis introductory tour of nanoscience and nanotechnology and whatthey might mean for our economy and for our lives.

The first two chapters are devoted to the big idea of nanoscienceand nanotechnology, to definitions, and to promises. Chapters 3 and4 discuss the science necessary to understand nanotechnology; youcan skip these if you remember some of your high school science andmathematics. Chapter 5 is a quick grand tour of some of the thematicareas of nanotechnology, via visits to laboratories. Chapters 6 to 9are the heart of the book. They deal with the topical areas in whichnanoscience and nanotechnology are concentrated: smart materials, sensors, biological structures, electronics, and optics. Chapters 10 and11 discuss business applications and the relationship of nanotechnologyto individuals in the society. The book ends with lists of sourcesof additional information about nanotechnology, venture capitalistswho have expressed interest in nanotechnology, and a glossary of keynanotechnology terms. If you want to discuss nanotechnology or findlinks to more resources, you can also visit the bookÕs Web site atwww.nanotechbook.com.

We enjoyed the writing and hope you enjoy the read.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Introducing Nano.

Why Do I Care About Nano? Who Should Read This Book? What Is Nano? A Definition. A Note on Measures.

2. Size Matters.

A Different Kind of Small. Some Nano Challenges.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Smart Materials.

Self-Healing Structures. Recognition. Separation. Catalysts. Heterogeneous Nanostructures and Composites. Encapsulation. Consumer Goods.

7. Sensors.

Natural Nanoscale Sensors. Electromagnetic Sensors. Biosensors. Electronic Noses.

8. Biomedical Applications.

Drugs. Drug Delivery. Photodynamic Therapy. Molecular Motors. Neuro-Electronic Interfaces. Protein Engineering. Shedding New Light on Cells: NanoLuminescent Tags.

9. 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.

10. Nanobusiness.

Boom, Bust, and Nanotechnology: The Next Industrial Revolution? Nanobusiness Today. High Tech, Bio Tech, Nanotech. The Investment Landscape. Other Dot Com Lessons.

11. 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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Preface

This book has a straightforward aim—to acquaint you with the wholeidea of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This comprises the fabricationand understanding of matter at the ultimate scale at whichnature designs: the molecular scale. Nanoscience occurs at the intersectionof traditional science and engineering, quantum mechanics,and the most basic processes of life itself. Nanotechnology encompasseshow we harness our knowledge of nanoscience to create materials,machines, and devices that will fundamentally change the waywe live and work.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two of the hottest fields inscience, business, and the news today. This book is intended to helpyou understand both of them. It should require the investment ofabout six hours—a slow Sunday afternoon or an airplane trip fromBoston to Los Angeles. Along the way, we hope that you will enjoythis introductory tour of nanoscience and nanotechnology and whatthey might mean for our economy and for our lives.

The first two chapters are devoted to the big idea of nanoscienceand nanotechnology, to definitions, and to promises. Chapters 3 and4 discuss the science necessary to understand nanotechnology; youcan skip these if you remember some of your high school science andmathematics. Chapter 5 is a quick grand tour of some of the thematicareas of nanotechnology, via visits to laboratories. Chapters 6 to 9are the heart of the book. They deal with the topical areas in whichnanoscience and nanotechnology are concentrated: smart materials, sensors, biological structures, electronics, and optics. Chapters 10 and11 discuss business applications and the relationship of nanotechnologyto individuals in the society. The book ends with lists of sourcesof additional information about nanotechnology, venture capitalistswho have expressed interest in nanotechnology, and a glossary of keynanotechnology terms. If you want to discuss nanotechnology or findlinks to more resources, you can also visit the bookÕs Web site atwww.nanotechbook.com.

We enjoyed the writing and hope you enjoy the read.

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Introduction

This book has a straightforward aim--to acquaint you with the whole idea of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This comprises the fabrication and understanding of matter at the ultimate scale at which nature designs: the molecular scale. Nanoscience occurs at the intersection of traditional science and engineering, quantum mechanics, and the most basic processes of life itself. Nanotechnology encompasses how we harness our knowledge of nanoscience to create materials, machines, and devices that will fundamentally change the way we live and work.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two of the hottest fields in science, business, and the news today. This book is intended to help you understand both of them. It should require the investment of about six hours--a slow Sunday afternoon or an airplane trip from Boston to Los Angeles. Along the way, we hope that you will enjoy this introductory tour of nanoscience and nanotechnology and what they might mean for our economy and for our lives.

The first two chapters are devoted to the big idea of nanoscience and nanotechnology, to definitions, and to promises. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss the science necessary to understand nanotechnology; you can skip these if you remember some of your high school science and mathematics. Chapter 5 is a quick grand tour of some of the thematic areas of nanotechnology, via visits to laboratories. Chapters 6 to 9 are the heart of the book. They deal with the topical areas in which nanoscience and nanotechnology are concentrated: smart materials, sensors, biological structures, electronics, and optics. Chapters 10 and 11 discuss business applications and the relationship of nanotechnology to individuals in thesociety. The book ends with lists of sources of additional information about nanotechnology, venture capitalists who have expressed interest in nanotechnology, and a glossary of key nanotechnology terms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Excellent Initial Exposition of a Multidesciplinary Field of Investigation!

    This book is an excellent initial exposition of a multidesciplinary field of investigation. It covers almost all the topics in nanotechnology so as to inspire everyone interested in the subject, to gain ability to explore the topics by themselves from resources other than this book, which have already been mentioned in the last chapter of the book. It is successful to generate a new scientific approach amongst readers to look at scientific events in nanoscience and nanotechnology!......

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