Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life / Edition 1

Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life / Edition 1

by Richard A. L. Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0198528558

ISBN-13: 9780198528555

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Soft Machines" explains in a lively and very accessible manner why the nanoworld is so different to the macro-world of our experience, and why the design principles of Nature's nano-machines are so different to the familiar principles of macroscopic engineering. Nanotechnology will apply these unfamiliar principles to create valuable new materials and artefacts, with

Overview

"Soft Machines" explains in a lively and very accessible manner why the nanoworld is so different to the macro-world of our experience, and why the design principles of Nature's nano-machines are so different to the familiar principles of macroscopic engineering. Nanotechnology will apply these unfamiliar principles to create valuable new materials and artefacts, with profound effects on medicine, electronics, energy and the environment in the twenty-first century. By understanding the relationship between nanotechnology and nature itself, we can appreciate what potential dangers this powerful technology may pose, and we will come to realise that nanotechnology may have more in common with biology than with conventional engineering.

About the Author:
Richard Jones is a Fellow of the Royai Society, and is currently the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Cambridge before moving to Sheffield as Professor of Physics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198528555
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Fantastic voyages     1
A new industrial revolution?     1
The radical vision of nanotechnology     3
Nano everywhere     7
Into the nanoworld     8
Looking at the nanoworld     15
Light microscopy     18
Seeing a single (big) molecule     20
Other types of waves     23
The electron microscope     24
Imaging versus scattering     30
Scanning probe microscopy     31
Living in the nanoworld     35
Nanofabrication     38
Introduction     38
The transistor     39
Making integrated circuits     41
Moore's law and beyond     47
Direct writing     49
Cheaper, smaller, more curved-soft lithography     50
Making things besides chips-MEMS and NEMS     51
The Brownian universe: physics at the nanoscale     54
Introduction     54
Fluid mechanics     55
Flying nanobots?     58
Brownian motion     60
Stickiness     64
The mechanical properties of small things     73
Quantum effects     78
'Fantastic voyage'revisited     85
Making soft machines     88
Self-assembly     91
Order from disorder     93
Soap     96
From shoe soles to opals     100
Self-assembly and life     105
Protein folding     107
Nucleic acids     110
Living soft machines     113
Beyond simple self-assembly     117
How molecules evolve     120
Copying nature     123
Machines and mechanisms     126
Introduction     126
Prime movers-engines large and small     128
Mechanisms and machines     154
Sensors and transducers     164
Wetware: chemical computing from bacteria to brains     168
Introduction-Galvani and the chemical computer     168
Reflex, instinct, and intelligence     169
How E. Coli responds to its environment     172
The principles of chemical computing     175
The social life of cells     177
Why big animals needed to develop a longer-ranged signalling mechanism     178
Nervous energy     179
How brains are different from computers     182
Single-molecule electronics      186
The green goo catastrophe     186
Dyes and photosynthesis     188
Clean power for all-non-conventional photovoltaics     191
Organic metals and plastic semiconductors     196
Roll-up television screens and paint-on lasers     200
Plastic logic     202
The ups and downs of molecular electronics     204
Single molecules as electronic devices     207
Integrating single-molecule electronics     210
Our nanotechnological future     212
Which way for nanotechnology?     212
What should we worry about?     215
Further reading     219
Index     225

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