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1st Edition

The Whole Story

ISBN 9781439897805
Published March 20, 2013 by CRC Press
395 Pages 180 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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

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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.


"…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