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The Whole Story, 1st Edition

By Ben Rogers, Jesse Adams, Sumita Pennathur

CRC Press

395 pages | 180 B/W Illus.

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Winner of an Outstanding Academic Title Award from CHOICE Magazine

Transistors using one electron at a time. Seemingly transparent sunscreens made with titanium dioxide particles that block harmful UV rays. Nanometer-sized specks of gold that change color to red and melt at 750°C instead of 1,064°C. Nanotechnology finds the unique properties of things at the nanometer scale and then puts them to use!

Although nanotechnology is a hot topic with a wide range of fascinating applications, the search for a true introductory popular resource usually comes up cold. Closer to a popular science book than a high-level treatise, Nanotechnology: The Whole Story works from the ground up to provide a detailed yet accessible introduction to one of the world’s fastest growing fields.

Dive headlong into nanotechnology! Tackling the eight main disciplines—nanomaterials, nanomechanics, nanoelectronics, nanoscale heat transfer, nanophotonics, nanoscale fluid mechanics, nanobiotechnology, and nanomedicine—this book explains what’s different at the nanoscale, and how we exploit those differences to make useful things. You’re holding the key to an exciting and rapidly evolving field.

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"…an excellent resource for anyone interested in nanotechnology. …Summing Up: Highly recommended. Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and professionals."

—H Giesche, Alfred University, in CHOICE

Table of Contents

Big Picture of the Small World

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 Mot ion: 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 Birth of the Photon

Photonic Properties of Nanomaterials

Optical Tweezers

Photonic Crystals: A Band Gap for Photo-ns

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


What Is Nanomedicine?

Medical Nanoparticles

Nanomedicine and Cancer

Biomimicry in Nanomedicine

Potential Toxicity

Environmental Concerns

Ethical Implications

Commercial Exploration

About the Authors

Ben Rogers is a writer and an engineer (BS 2001; MS 2002, University of Nevada, Reno). He has done research at Nanogen, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and published many technical papers, as well as fictional works and essays (which can be found at He is currently the principal engineer at NevadaNano.

Jesse Adams (BS 1996, University of Nevada; MS 1997 and PhD 2001, Stanford University) is the vice president and CTO of NevadaNano. He is working to bring multifunctional microsensor technology to the chemical sensing market space.

Sumita Pennathur is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (BS 2000, MS 2001, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD 2005, Stanford University). She has been actively contributing to the fields of nanofluidics and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and was awarded both a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) in 2011, and well as a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008.

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SCIENCE / Biotechnology