The study tackles the subject in a new and unique way: Due to the fact that the borders between classical academic disciplines disappear at the nanoscale, a truly interdisciplinary approach is chosen. A functional definition of nanotechnology is developed by the authors as basis for the further sections of the study. The most important results enable recommendations with respect to scientific progress, industrial relevance, economic potential, educational needs, potential adverse health effects and philosophical aspects of nanotechnology. The book addresses the relevant decision levels, media, and academia.
Table of Contentsand Summaries.- Nanotechnology and Philosophy of Science.- Fields of Research and Technology.- Commercial Perspectives of Nanotechnology An Assessment Based on Patent Data.- Risk Assessment and Risk Management.- Ethical Aspects of Nanotechnology.- Knowledge Transfer in Nanotechnology.