Applied Nanotechnology, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Applied Nanotechnology: The Conversion of Research Results to Products, Third Edition, 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, and product design challenges that are investigated through case studies. Applications in various sectors, including composite materials, energy and agriculture are included, as is a section on the role of the government in promoting nanotechnology. In addition, the potential future of molecular self-assembly in industrial production is discussed, along with the ethics and social implications of nanotechnology.

This new edition begins a concise introduction to nanotechnology, carefully explaining the relationships between science, technology, wealth and innovation. Next, it focuses on actual products and processes, including the big three areas of application, health, IT and energy. Different types of nanobusiness (upstream, downstream, ancillary etc.), are also carefully delineated, and aspects such as design and realization (e.g., actual fabrication) are also covered, amongst other timely topics. This book offers a vision of the role of nanotechnology in confronting the challenges facing humanity, from healthcare to climate change.



  • Written by an author who has direct, hands-on experience 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
  • Presents comprehensive coverage in an integrated fashion, not wasting space on trivial details that, if not already known to the reader, can be readily found in generic sources
  • Thoroughly revised, reflecting advances in the field
  • Includes areas that have been expanded into nanotechnology, such as health, and the safety of nano products and processes

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Citation
  6. Biography
  7. Preface to the Third Edition
  8. Preface to the Second Edition
  9. Preface to the First Edition
  10. Part 1: Technology Basics
    1. Chapter 1: What is Nanotechnology?
      1. Abstract
      2. 1.1. Nanotechnology as Process
      3. 1.2. Nanotechnology as Materials
      4. 1.3. Nanotechnology as Devices and Systems
      5. 1.4. Direct, Indirect, and Conceptual Nanotechnology
      6. 1.5. Nanobiotechnology and Bionanotechnology
      7. 1.6. Nanotechnology—Toward a Definition
      8. 1.7. The Nanoscale
      9. 1.8. Nanoscience
      10. References
      11. Further Reading
    2. Chapter 2: Science, Technology, and Wealth
      1. Abstract
      2. 2.1. Nanotechnology Is Different
      3. 2.2. The Evolution of Technology
      4. 2.3. The Nature of Wealth and Value
      5. 2.4. The Social Value of Science
      6. References
      7. Further Reading
    3. Chapter 3: Innovation
      1. Abstract
      2. 3.1. The Time Course of Innovation
      3. 3.2. Creative Destruction
      4. 3.3. Is Nanotechnology Disruptive?
      5. 3.4. What Drives Development?
      6. 3.5. Can Innovation Be Managed?
      7. 3.6. The Effect of Maturity
      8. 3.7. Interaction With Society
      9. 3.8. Conviviality
      10. References
      11. Further Reading
    4. Chapter 4: Why Nanotechnology?
      1. Abstract
      2. 4.1. Miniaturization of Manufacturing Systems as Driver
      3. 4.2. Facile Fabrication as Driver
      4. 4.3. Performance as Driver
      5. 4.4. Agile Manufacturing
      6. 4.5. Nano–Info–Bio–Cogno (NIBC)
      7. 4.6. Cost–Benefit Analysis of Nanotechnology
      8. References
      9. Further Reading
  11. Part 2: Nanotechnology Products
    1. Chapter 5: Nanotechnology in a Modern Economy
      1. Abstract
      2. 5.1. Types of Nanotechnology Products
      3. 5.2. The Nanotechnology Market
      4. References
      5. Further Reading
    2. Chapter 6: Nanotechnology for Health, Food, and Hygiene
      1. Abstract
      2. 6.1. In Vivo Nanoparticles
      3. 6.2. In Vivo Devices
      4. 6.3. In Vivo Nanostructured Materials
      5. 6.4. In Vitro Nanostructured Materials
      6. 6.5. Labs-on-Chips
      7. 6.6. Information Technology
      8. 6.7. Paramedicine
      9. 6.8. Food
      10. 6.9. Hygiene
      11. 6.10. Expected Market Size
      12. References
      13. Further Reading
    3. Chapter 7: Nanotechnology for Energy
      1. Abstract
      2. 7.1. Energy Harvesting
      3. 7.2. Production and Storage
      4. 7.3. Energy Efficiency
      5. 7.4. Localized Manufacture
      6. References
      7. Further Reading
    4. Chapter 8: Information Technologies
      1. Abstract
      2. 8.1. Silicon Microelectronics
      3. 8.2. Flexible Electronics
      4. 8.3. Heat Management
      5. 8.4. Data Storage Technologies
      6. 8.5. Display Technologies
      7. 8.6. Molecule or Particle Sensing Technologies
      8. 8.7. The Internet of Things
      9. References
      10. Further Reading
    5. Chapter 9: Miscellaneous Applications
      1. Abstract
      2. 9.1. Aerospace and Automotive Industries
      3. 9.2. Agriculture
      4. 9.3. Architecture and Construction
      5. 9.4. Catalysis
      6. 9.5. Environment and Air Quality
      7. 9.6. Lubricants
      8. 9.7. Minerals and Metal Extraction
      9. 9.8. Paper
      10. 9.9. Security and Military
      11. 9.10. Textiles
      12. 9.11. Transport
      13. References
      14. Further Reading
    6. Chapter 10: The Design of Nanotechnology Products
      1. Abstract
      2. 10.1. The Challenge of Vastification
      3. 10.2. Enhancing Traditional Design Routes
      4. 10.3. Crowdsourcing
      5. 10.4. Materials Selection
      6. 10.5. Formulation
      7. 10.6. Quality Control
      8. 10.7. Biomimicry
      9. 10.8. Nanodevices Moving in Viscous Media
      10. References
      11. Further Reading
  12. Part 3: Organizing Nanotechnology Business
    1. Chapter 11: The Realization of Nanotechnology
      1. Abstract
      2. 11.1. Nanospecification
      3. 11.2. Standardization of Nanotechnology
      4. 11.3. Nanometrology
      5. 11.4. The Nanometrology Instrument Industry
      6. References
      7. Further Reading
    2. Chapter 12: The Business Environment
      1. Abstract
      2. 12.1. The Universality of Nanotechnology
      3. 12.2. The Radical Nature of Nanotechnology
      4. 12.3. Intellectual Needs
      5. 12.4. Company–University Collaboration
      6. 12.5. Clusters
      7. 12.6. Assessing Demand for Nanotechnology
      8. 12.7. Technical and Commercial Readiness (Availability) Levels
      9. 12.8. Predicting Development Timescales
      10. 12.9. Patents
      11. 12.10. Generic Business Models
      12. 12.11. Why Nanotechnology Companies Often Fail
      13. References
      14. Further Reading
    3. Chapter 13: The Fiscal Environment of Nanotechnology
      1. Abstract
      2. 13.1. Sources of Funds
      3. 13.2. Private Investment
      4. 13.3. Government Funding
      5. 13.4. Endogenous Funding
      6. 13.5. Geographical Differences Between Nanotechnology Funding
      7. References
      8. Further Reading
    4. Chapter 14: The Safety of Nanofacture and Nanomaterials
      1. Abstract
      2. 14.1. Public Perception of the Safety of Nanoproducts
      3. 14.2. Evaluating Risk
      4. 14.3. Evaluating the Toxicity of Nanomaterials
      5. 14.4. Characteristic Features of Nano-Objects
      6. 14.5. Exposure
      7. 14.6. Penetrability and clearance
      8. 14.7. Hazard
      9. 14.8. Variability of Individual Response
      10. 14.9. Risks to Vital Ecosystems
      11. 14.10. “Natural” Exposure to Nanoparticles
      12. 14.11. A Rational Basis for Safety Measures
      13. 14.12. Bow Tie Diagrams
      14. References
      15. Further Reading
    5. Chapter 15: Regulation
      1. Abstract
      2. References
      3. Further Reading
    6. Chapter 16: Some Successful and Unsuccessful Nanotechnology Companies
      1. Abstract
      2. 16.1. NanoMagnetics
      3. 16.2. MesoPhotonics
      4. 16.3. Enact Pharma
      5. 16.4. Oxonica
      6. 16.5. NanoCo
      7. 16.6. Hyperion
      8. 16.7. CDT
      9. 16.8. Q-Flo
      10. 16.9. Owlstone
      11. 16.10. Semzyme
      12. 16.11. Theranos
      13. References
    7. Chapter 17: Global Nanotechnology
      1. Abstract
      2. 17.1. Activity by Country
      3. 17.2. Locating Research Partners
      4. 17.3. Locating Supply Partners
      5. 17.4. Categories of Countries
      6. 17.5. Nanotechnology in the Developing World
      7. References
      8. Further Reading
  13. Part 4: Wider and Longer-Term Issues
    1. Chapter 18: The Future of Nanotechnology
      1. Abstract
      2. 18.1. Productive Nanosystems
      3. 18.2. Self-Assembly and Directed Assembly
      4. 18.3. Molecular Electronics
      5. 18.4. Quantum Computing
      6. References
      7. Further Reading
    2. Chapter 19: Society's Grand Challenges
      1. Abstract
      2. 19.1. Material and Social Crises
      3. 19.2. Is Science Itself in Crisis?
      4. 19.3. Nanotechnology-Specific Challenges
      5. 19.4. Globalization
      6. 19.5. An Integrated Approach
      7. References
      8. Further Reading
    3. Chapter 20: Ethics and Nanotechnology
      1. Abstract
      2. 20.1. Risk, Hazard and Uncertainty
      3. 20.2. Should we Proceed?
      4. 20.3. What About Nanoethics?
      5. References
      6. Further Reading
  14. Index

Product Information

  • Title: Applied Nanotechnology, 3rd Edition
  • Author(s): Jeremy Ramsden
  • Release date: January 2018
  • Publisher(s): William Andrew
  • ISBN: 9780128133446