Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems

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  • Provides an accessible introduction without sacrificing rigorous scientific details
  • Covers the seven main facets of nanotechnology: nanomaterials, nanomechanics, nanoelectronics, nanoscale heat transfer, nanophotonics, nanoscale fluid mechanics, and nanobiotechnology
  • Introduces the historical figures who founded, sculpted, and defined the field as it exists today
  • Supports the discussion with homework problems, applications, examples, and discussion questions
  • Compares macroscale systems to those at the nanoscale, showing how scale phenomena affect behavior Solutions Manual available with qualifying course adoptions!
  • Summary

    Although nanotechnology is a hot topic, the search for a true introductory textbook usually comes up cold. Students in a first course on nanotechnology come from a wide variety of backgrounds, so the text must not assume understanding of too much background material, nor be too focused on any particular area. And still, those students are capable of understanding the hard details of the science, so the text must not gloss over the rigorous scientific explanations. Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems fits perfectly between popular science books and high-level treatises, neither of which suit the needs of students approaching this field for the first time.

    Working from the ground up, this text provides a detailed yet accessible introduction to the world’s fastest growing field. Through real-world examples, hundreds of homework problems, original illustrations, and a clear approach, the authors accomplish the delicate task of keeping the book engaging while not avoiding real explanations of complex concepts. They take a systems-based approach, demonstrating how an understanding of the various areas underlying nanotechnology come together to create systems with unique functions and characteristics. In every case, comparing nanoscale systems to macroscale systems reveals the complex and fundamental differences between phenomena at different scales and uncovers the specific challenges posed by nanotechnology.

    With comprehensive coverage conveyed in an engaging and entertaining style, Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems provides a gateway into the exciting and rapidly evolving area of nanotechnology.

    Table of Contents

    Big Picture and Principles of the Small World
    Background: Promises, Promises
    Understanding the Atom: ex nihilo nihil fit
    Nanotechnology Starts With a Dare: Feynman’s Big Little Challenges
    Why One-Billionth of a Meter is a Big Deal
    Thinking it Through: The Broad Implications of Nanotechnology
    The Business of Nanotech: Plenty of Room at the Bottom Line, Too
    Introduction to Miniaturization
    Background: The Smaller the Better
    Scaling Laws
    Accuracy of the Scaling Laws
    Introduction to Nanoscale Physics
    Background: Newton Never Saw a Nanotube
    One Hundred Hours and Eight Minutes of Nanoscale Physics
    The Basics of Quantum Mechanics
    Background: Matter Matters
    Bonding Atoms to Make Molecules and Solids
    Crystal Structures
    Structures Small Enough to be Different (and Useful)
    Background: The Universe Mechanism
    A High-Speed Review of Motion: Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration, and Force
    Nanomechanical Oscillators: A Tale of Beams and Atoms
    Feeling Faint Forces
    Background: The Problem (Opportunity)
    Electron Energy Bands
    Electrons in Solids: Conductors, Insulators and Semiconductors
    Fermi Energy
    The Density of States for Solids
    Turn Down the Volume! (How to Make a Solid Act More Like an Atom)
    Quantum Confinement
    Single Electron Phenomena
    Molecular Electronics
    Nanoscale Heat Transfer
    Background: Hot Topic
    All Heat is Nanoscale Heat
    Background: The Lycurgus Cup and the Photon’s Birthday
    Photonic Properties of Nanomaterials
    Near-Field Light
    Optical Tweezers
    Photonic Crystals—A Band Gap for Photons
    Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics
    Background: Becoming Fluent in Fluids
    Fluids at the Nanoscale—Major Concepts
    How Fluids Flow at the Nanoscale
    Applications of Nanofluidics
    Background: Our World in a Cell
    Introduction: How Biology “Feels” at the Nanometer Scale
    The Machinery of the Cell
    Applications of Nanobiotechnology

    Editorial Reviews

    … It is written in an easily understandable manner, not requiring from the reader deep knowledge in the related topics of physics and mathematics before reading this book. It uncovers the most important things about nanotechnology explained in a very illustrative manner with many simple examples, figures, and ‘back-of-the-envelope’ calculations, so that the reader can get a good feeling for the numbers of nanotechnology. …
    Zentralblatt MATH 1185