396 Pages 180 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    So get The Whole Story

    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


    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 http://www.readrogers.com). 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.

    "…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