An Introduction to Nanosciences and Nanotechnology

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 5, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 256 pages
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This book recalls the basics required for an understanding of the nanoworld (quantum physics, molecular biology, micro and nanoelectronics) and gives examples of applications in various fields: materials, energy, devices, data management and life sciences. It is clearly shown how the nanoworld is at the crossing point of knowledge and innovation.
Written by an expert who spent a large part of his professional life in the field, the title also gives a general insight into the evolution of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. The reader is thus provided with an introduction to this complex area with different “tracks” for further personal comprehension and reflection. This guided and illustrated tour also reveals the importance of the nanoworld in everyday life.
 

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Contents

Chapter 2 Some Science to Get You Started
15
Chapter 3 The Revolution in Techniques Used in Observation and Imagery
51
Chapter 4 The Marriage of Software and Hardware
69
Chapter 5 Mechanics of the Living World
89
Chapter 6 The Uses of Nanotechnologies
107
Chapter 7 Nanos are Changing the World
143
Appendices
173
Appendix A European Parliament Resolution on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
175
Appendix B Eight Guidelines on Nanotechnologies Issued by the CNRS Ethics Committee
185
Abbreviations
191
Bibliography
195
Figures
197
Index
205
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About the author (2010)

Alain Nouailhat is Director of Research at the CNRS, Paris, France.

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