Applied Nanotechnology - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128133439

Applied Nanotechnology

3rd Edition

The Conversion of Research Results to Products

Authors: Jeremy Ramsden
Paperback ISBN: 9780128133439
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 1st February 2018
Page Count: 273
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Table of Contents

1. What is nanotechnology?
2. Science, technology and wealth
3. Innovation
4. Why nanotechnology?

5. How nanotechnology fits into a modern industrial economy
6. Nanotechnology for health
7. Nanotechnology for energy
8. Nano-info technology
9. Other applications
10. The design of nanotechnology products
11. The realization of nanotechnology products

12. The business environment
13. The fiscal environment
14. The safety of nanotechnology
15. Regulatory, legal and insurance matters
16. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful nanotechnology companies
17. Global nanotechnology

18. The future of nanotechnology
19. Can nanotechnology meet society’s grand challenges?
20. The impacts of nanotechnology.


In Applied Nanotechnology, Jeremy Ramsden takes an integrated approach to the scientific, commercial and social aspects of nanotechnology, exploring:

  • The relationship between nanotechnology and innovation
  • The changing economics and business models required to commercialize innovations in nanotechnology
  • Product design challenges - investigated through case studies
  • Applications in various sectors, including composite materials, energy and agriculture
  • The role of government in promoting nanotechnology
  • The potential future of molecular self-assembly in industrial production
  • The ethics and social implications of nanotechnology

As well as providing business models and practical examples of the innovation process, this book offers a vision of the role of nanotechnology in confronting the challenges facing humanity, from healthcare to climate change.

This 3rd Edition begins with Part I, a concise introduction to nanotechnology, carefully explaining the relationships between science, technology, wealth and innovation.

Part II focuses on actual products and processes. The "big 3" areas of application — health, IT and energy — are covered, as well as areas that do not fit precisely into one of those categories. Different types of nano business ("upstream", "downstream", "ancillary" etc.), are carefully delineated. Aspects such as design and realization (e.g., actual fabrication) are also covered.

Part III deals with the corresponding business structures and strategies. It includes chapters on the financial and regulatory aspects, and on the safety of nanomaterials, both occupational (i.e., during nanofacture) and end-user (i.e., the final consumer) aspects. There is also a chapter looking at the fate of nanotechnology companies, some successful and some unsuccessful, with an analysis of why some strategies succeeded and others did not.

Part IV looks at wider and longer-term issues, including anticipated future developments, and explicitly examines how nanotechnology products and processes can address the very pressing challenges currently facing humanity as a whole, including demographic changes, climate changes and environmental degradation. The final chapter examines how society might evolve with nanotechnology.

Key Features

  • The book is written by an author who has direct, hands-on experience of working in a large nanotechnology-based company, in academia as a professor and chair of nanotechnology, and as the co-owner and director of a nanotechnology-based start-up
  • The book is comprehensive in its scope, covering all conceivable aspects in an integrated fashion, are not wasting space on trivial details that, if not already known to the reader, can be readily found out from generic sources
  • Each chapter has been thoroughly revised to make sure that it is technically up-to-date, reflecting advances in the field; particular areas that have been expanded are nanotechnology for health, and the safety of nano products and processes


Engineers, Scientists and Entrpreneurs involved in the commercialization of nanotechnology across sectors including drug development, semiconductors / electronics, automotive / aerospace, energy


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About the Authors

Jeremy Ramsden Author

Jeremy Ramsden was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Princeton and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he obtained his doctorate in the Institute of Chemical Physics for research into photocatalytic semiconductor nanoparticles. He was a visiting scientist at the Biocenter (Institute of Biophysics) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged (1987), after which he worked at the Biocenter (Institute of Biophysical Chemistry) of the University of Basle (member of the Faculty of Natural Philosophy) until being appointed (2002) Professor and Chair of Nanotechnology at Cranfield University in the UK. From 2003–9 he was also Research Director for Nanotechnology at Cranfield University at Kitakyushu in Japan. In 2012 he moved to the University of Buckingham (UK) as Professor of Nanotechnology. His main research focus nowadays is on nanosensors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (London) and a IUPAC Fellow.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair of Nanotechnology, Cranfield University, UK