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Applied Nanotechnology

Applied Nanotechnology: The Conversion of Research Results to Products examines the commercial and social aspects of nanotechnology. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 presents an overview of nanotechnology. It discusses the definition of nanotechnology; the relationship between wealth, technology, and science; the relationship between nanotechnology and innovation; and the question of why one might wish to introduce nanotechnology. Part 2 explains the nanotechnology business and the applications of nanotechnology in a wide range of industries, including engineering, aerospace, automotive, food, textiles, information technologies, and health. Part 3 deals with specific commercial and financial aspects. These include business models for nanotechnology enterprises, demand assessment for nanotechnology products, and the design of nanotechnology products. Part 4 looks at the future of nanotechnology. It examines how nanotechnology can contribute to the big challenges faced by humanity, such as climate change and terrorism. Ethical issues are also considered, including risk, uncertainty, and regulation.

Engineers, scientists, and developers in biotechnology, micro- and nanotechnology, and MEMS


Published: August 2009

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-0-8155-2023-8


  • Series Editor’s Preface


    Part 1 Technology Basics

    Chapter 1 What is Nanotechnology?

    1.1 Nanotechnology as Process

    1.2 Nanotechnology as Materials

    1.3 Nanotechnology as Materials, Devices and Systems

    1.4 Direct, Indirect and Conceptual Nanotechnology

    1.5 Nanobiotechnology and Bionanotechnology

    1.6 Nanotechnology-Toward a Definition

    1.7 The Nanoscale

    1.8 Nanoscience

    Further Reading

    Chapter 2 Science, Technology and Wealth

    2.1 Nanotechnology is Different

    2.2 The Evolution of Technology

    2.3 The Nature of Wealth and Value

    2.4 The Social Value of Science

    Further Reading

    Chapter 3 Innovation

    3.1 The Time Course of Innovation

    3.2 Creative Destruction

    3.3 What Drives Development?

    3.4 Can Innovation be Managed?

    3.5 The Effect of Maturity

    Further Reading

    Chapter 4 Why Nanotechnology?

    4.1 Fabrication

    4.2 Performance

    4.3 Agile Manufacturing

    Further Reading

    Part 2 Nanotechnology Products

    Chapter 5 The Nanotechnology Business

    5.1 Nanotechnology Statistics

    5.2 The Total Market

    5.3 The Current Situation

    5.4 Consumer Products

    5.5 The Safety of Nanoproducts

    5.6 Geographical Distribution

    Chapter 6 Miscellaneous Applications

    6.1 Noncarbon Materials

    6.2 Carbon-Based Materials

    6.3 Ultraprecision Engineering

    6.4 Aerospace and Automotive Industries

    6.5 Catalysis

    6.6 Construction

    6.7 Energy

    6.8 Environment

    6.9 Food

    6.10 Metrology

    6.11 Paper

    6.12 Security

    6.13 Textiles

    Chapter 7 Information Technologies

    7.1 Silicon Microelectronics

    7.2 Data Storage Technologies

    7.3 Display Technologies

    7.4 Sensing Technologies

    Chapter 8 Applications to Health

    8.1 Principal Applications

    8.2 Implanted Devices

    8.3 Nanoparticle Applications

    8.4 Tissue Scaffolds

    8.5 Paramedicine

    8.6 Nanobots

    8.7 Toxicology Aspects

    Further Reading

    Part 3 Organizing Nanotechnology Business

    Chapter 9 The Business Environment

    9.1 The Universality of Nanotechnology

    9.2 The Radical Nature of Nanotechnology

    9.3 Financing Nanotechnology

    9.4 Government Funding

    9.5 Intellectual Needs

    9.6 The Cost of Nanotechnology

    9.7 Companies

    9.8 Temporal Evolution

    9.9 Patents and Standards

    Chapter 10 Assessing Demand for Nanotechnology

    10.1 Products of Substitution

    10.2 Incrementally Improved Products

    10.3 Radically New Products

    10.4 Modeling

    10.5 Judging Innovation Value

    10.6 Anticipating Benefit

    Chapter 11 Design of Nanotechnology Products

    11.1 The Challenge of Vastification

    11.2 Enhancing Traditional Design Routes

    11.3 Materials Selection

    Further Reading

    Part 4 Wider and Long-Term Issues

    Chapter 12 The Future of Nanotechnology

    12.1 Productive Nanosystems

    12.2 Social Impacts

    12.3 Timescales

    12.4 Self-Assembly

    12.5 Molecular Electronics

    12.6 Quantum Computing

    Further Reading

    Chapter 13 Grand Challenges

    13.1 Material Crises

    13.2 Social Crises

    13.3 Is Science Itself in Crisis?

    13.4 Nanotechnology-Specific Challenges

    13.5 Globalization

    13.6 An Integrated Approach

    Chapter 14 Ethics and Nanotechnology

    14.1 Risk, Hazard and Uncertainty

    14.2 Regulation

    14.3 A Rational Basis for Safety Measures

    14.4 Should We Proceed?

    14.5 What About Nanoethics?

    Further Reading



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