Perspectives in Nanotechnology

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Bacterial NanoCellulose: A Sophisticated Multifunctional Material

Miguel Gama, Paul Gatenholm, Dieter Klemm

November 13, 2012

Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) is an emerging nanomaterial with unique properties produced by several species of ubiquitous fermentation bacteria, most importantly Gluconacetobacter xylinus, previously known as Acetobacter xylinum. BNC has been used for a variety of commercial applications including 

Nanotechnology: Health and Environmental Risks, Second Edition

Jo Anne Shatkin

November 12, 2012

Should you adopt nanotechnology? If you have already adopted it, what do you need to know? What are the risks? Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing the ways we treat disease, produce energy, manufacture products, and attend to our daily wants and needs. To continue to capture the 

Nanotechnology Intellectual Property Rights: Research, Design, and Commercialization

Prabuddha Ganguli, Siddharth Jabade

June 25, 2012

"We need to seamlessly integrate IPR in the standard graduate/post graduate courses in science, technology, commerce, creative arts, etc., without over burdening the students with law"—Dr Prabuddha Ganguli, CEO, VISION-IPRNanotechnology Intellectual Property Rights: Research, Design, and 

Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability

Donald Maclurcan, Natalia Radywyl

December 12, 2011

The rise of collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer systems, and not-for-profit social enterprise heralds the emergence of a new era of human collectivity. Increasingly, this consolidation stems from an understanding that big-banner issues—such as climate change—are not the root causes of our 

Nanotechnology and the Public: Risk Perception and Risk Communication

Susanna Hornig Priest

September 12, 2011

From nuclear power to gene therapy to the automobile, history shows that it is useful to encourage and facilitate public discussion about new technologies and their potential dangers. Part of the series Perspectives in Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology and the Public: Risk Perception and Risk 

Medical Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine

Harry F. Tibbals

September 29, 2010

Considering the fluid nature of nano breakthroughs—and the delicate balance between benefits and consequences as they apply to medicine—readers at all levels require a practical, understandable base of information about these developments to take greatest advantage of them. Medical Nanotechnology 

Nanotechnology: The Future

Thomas J. Frey

January 14, 2009

The future of nanotechnology is being created by gifted thinkers who inspire great visions. Once such a vision becomes part of the social fabric of understanding, it becomes an attractor, or future events toward which we are drawn. Knowing these endpoints creates a development path for future 

Nanotechnology: The Business

Michael T. Burke

September 29, 2008

For the new nanotechnology entrepreneur, starting up a venture requires concise navigation through a sea of developmental red tape. This predicament is true of any startup, nano or not, but is particularly exacerbated by the fact that nanotechnology is a new and potentially disruptive technology. A 

Nanotechnology: Ethics and Society

Deb Bennett-Woods

April 29, 2008

From manufacturing to medicine, nanotechnology implies revolutionary change. However, the sweeping changes wrought by a technological advance of this magnitude are likely to come at a price that includes unforeseen environmental impact, disruptions in industry, displacement of workers, and deeply 

Nanotechnology: Legal Aspects

Patrick M. Boucher

March 28, 2008

Existing laws have a generality that permits them to be applied to nanotechnology, but eventually it will be necessary to generate legislation targeted to issues specific to nanotechnology. As nanotechnology continues to develop into commercially viable products, legal doctrines are increasingly 

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