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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Table of Contents
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.
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.
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
About the Authors.