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The emergence of nanoscience portends a revolution in technology that will soon impact virtually every facet of our technological lives. Yet there is little understanding of what it is among the educated public and often among scientists and engineers in other disciplines. Furthermore, despite the emergence of undergraduate courses on the subject, no basic textbooks exist.
Nanotechnology: Basic Science and Emerging Technologies bridges the gap between detailed technical publications that are beyond the grasp of nonspecialists and popular science books, which may be more science fiction than fact. It provides a fascinating, scientifically sound treatment, accessible to engineers and scientists outside the field and even to students at the undergraduate level. After a basic introduction to the field, the authors explore topics that include molecular nanotechnology, nanomaterials and nanopowders, nanoelectronics, optics and photonics, and nanobiometrics. The book concludes with a look at some cutting-edge applications and prophecies for the future.
Nanoscience will bring to the world technologies that today we can only imagine and others of which we have not yet dreamt. This book lays the groundwork for that future by introducing the subject to those outside the field, sparking the imaginations of tomorrow's scientists, and challenging them all to participate in the advances that will bring nanotechnology's potential to fruition.
Table of Contents
BACKGROUND TO NANOTECHNOLOGY Scientific Revolutions Types of Nanotechnology and Nanomachines The Periodic Table Atomic Structure Molecules and Phases Energy Molecular and Atomic Size Surfaces and Dimensional Space Top Down and Bottom Up MOLECULAR NANOTECHNOLOGY Atoms by Inference Electron Microscopes Scanning Electron Microscope Modern Transmission Electron Microscope Scanning Probe Microscopy - Atomic Force Microscope Scanning Tunnelling Microscope Nanomanipulator Nanotweezers Atom Manipulation Nanodots Self Assembly Dip Pen Nanolithography NANOPOWDERS AND NANOMATERIALS What Are Nanomaterials? Preparation Plasma Arcing Chemical Vapour Deposition Sol-Gels THE CARBON AGE New Forms of Carbon Types of Nanotubes Formation of Nanotubes Assemblies Purification of Carbon Nanotubes The Properties of Nanotubes Uses of Nanotubes MOLECULAR MIMICS Catenanes and Rotaxanes Molecular Switches The Electron Driven Molecular Shuttle Switch The pH Driven Molecular Shuttle Switch The Light Driven Molecular Shuttle Switch Synthesis of Rotaxanes and Catenanes Rotaxanes and Molecular Computers Chemical Rotors Prodders Flippers Atom Shuttles Actuators Contacts NANOBIOMIMETICS Introduction Lipids as Nano-Bricks and Mortar Same but Different: Self-Assembled Nanolayers The Bits that Do Things - Proteins Structure is Information - DNA A Biological Nanotechnological Future OPTICS, PHOTONICS AND SOLAR ENERGY Properties of Light and Nanotechnology Interaction of Light and Nanotechnology Nanoholes and Photons Imaging New low Cost Energy Efficient Windows and Solar Absorbers Based On Nanoparticles Photonic Crystals, Surface Wave Guides and Control of Light Paths NANOELECTRONICS Introduction What Will Nanoelectronics Do for Us? The Birth of Electronics The Tools of Micro- and Nanofabrication From Classical to Quantum Physics Quantum Electronic Devices Quantum Information and Quantum Computers Experimental Implementations of Quantum Computers FUTURE APPLICATIONS Micro-Electromechanical Machines Robots - How Small Can They Go? Ageless Materials Invisible Mending of Atomic Dislocations Inside Damaged Materials Nanomechanics and Nanoelasticity Nanoparticle Coatings - Special New Effects Nanoelectronic and Magnetic Devices and New Computing Systems Optoelectronic Devices Environmental Applications INTO THE REALMS OF IMAGINATION Introduction Communication Manufacturing Nanomedicine Society and Ethics Religion and Making Everything from Everything Else Thanks for All the Fish REFERENCES INDEX
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