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Journal of Nanoscience Education

Journal of Nano Photonics

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Designed for nano-aware individuals in both the public and private sectors, this volume—the first of its kind—provides a concise, readable resource on nanoscience education and workforce development in the field. The first part of the book provides a historical perspective on the complexity of K-12 education communities, while presenting inspiring examples of successful changes, including a definition of nanotechnology and a broad evaluation of the global and national landscapes of the field. The second section, Teaching Nanotechnology, turns to the critical process of teaching K-12 students the skills to understand and evaluate emerging technologies they will encounter in the future. The third part investigates the current status of developed teaching materials with links to all resources, evaluating the US model and comparing with others around the world. The last section considers plans of action, offering links to sustainable development tools. It is a book designed to enhance awareness, review the facts, and fabricate a platform from which to launch a plan.

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society

David H. Guston 

Arizona State University 

July 2010   1024 pages   SAGE Publications, Inc  



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Hardcover ISBN: 9781412969871 $295.00

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About the book

Nanoscience has garnered billions of dollars of funding.  It has been hailed by promoters as ushering in the “next industrial revolution” and dismissed by skeptics as nothing more than “hype.”  And, popular media entertain us with visions of nanotechnology as cornucopia or Armageddon.  Somewhere in between are social scientists, ethicists and others observing, contemplating and measuring nanoscience as a social and human endeavor in its origins, practices and consequences.  The newly-released two-volume Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society, accessible and jargon-free, is the result.  Edited by David H. Guston, the director of the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University and the co-director of CSPO, this pioneering reference work covers the ethical, legal, policy, social, cultural, economic and business issues raised by nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Published by SAGE Publications, Inc., the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society contains approximately 425 signed entries by contributors from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, including 26 scholars from ASU and beyond who are affiliated with CNS-ASU.  Designed for anyone with questions about nanoscience and the impact it might have on our lives, the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society includes helpful aids such as a chronology, a resource guide and a glossary, and is available to libraries as an online reference


Narosa Publishing House is pleased to announce the release of  

"Principles of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology"

M. A. Shah

Tokeer Ahmad  

2010     220pages      45Figs.      6Tbls.     160mm x 240mm     Paperback     978-81-8487-072-5     Rs. 195.00

PRINCIPLES OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY in the First part introduces the systematic development of materials and its long journey to nanodimensions and how nano has moved from the world of the future to the world of the present is discussed in detail. The Second part of the book emphasises on how the unique properties of nanomaterials have motivated researchers to develop simpler and inexpensive techniques to produce nanostructures of technologically important materials using both top down approaches which rely on continuous breaking up of the bulk matter and bottom up approaches which build the nanostructures by its constituent units. Both these approaches have been discussed in detail. Part Three of the book introduces the invention and development of sophisticated equipment for the characterization, measurement and manipulation of nanomaterials i.e., Atomic Force Microscope to study the nanomaterials down to atomic scale. The Fourth part describes the significant impact on almost all industries and all areas of society which will offer better built, longer lasting, cleaner, safer and smarter products for home, communication, medicine, transportation, agriculture and for industry in general.


CONTENTS: Foreword / Preface / Acknowledgements / Systematic Development of Materials / Methods of Generation of Nanomaterials / Electron Microscopy / X-ray Crystallography / Spectroscopy Techniques / Properties of Nanomaterials / Applications of Nanomaterials / Suggested Exercises on Nanotechnology / Index.

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Nanotechnology: A Crash Course

Author(s): Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

Published: 16 June 2010

Print ISBN13: 9780819480750

eISBN: 9780819480767

DOI: 10.1117/3.853406 

Vol: TT86

Pages: 158

Suppose that you recently graduated with a B.S. degree in science or engineering and will commence your first professional employment tomorrow. Earlier this afternoon, your manager called to ask if you know something about nanotechnology, so that tomorrow you can begin developing an internal proposal for your division. But either your college did not offer a course on nanotechnology or you decided not to take one. You need a crash course in nanotechnology, just to get you off the ground.

Suppose that you are a doctoral student in a department whose candidacy examination requires you to write a 5-10-page research proposal on an emerging topic assigned by the faculty committee. Suppose that your assigned topic intersects with nanotechnology, but all that you know about nanotechnology came from a couple of hour-long graduate seminars that you attended the previous semester. You need a crash course in nanotechnology, not only to write an impressive introduction but also to acquaint yourself with terminology to conduct efficient searches on Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, etc.

Suppose that you are a post-doctoral researcher at either an academic or an industrial research institution. Your supervisor has asked you to advise a shining undergraduate student for a summer project in nanotechnology, although the focus of your own research is elsewhere. You need a crash course in nanotechnology, to start the student off in a promising direction.

Suppose that you are a new assistant professor. Your departmental head advises that your research proposal to a government program to assist new faculty members in beginning research programs lacks that “wow” factor that would virtually guarantee success. “Put in a nano angle,” you are told. You need a crash course in nanotechnology, to clothe your proposal in the glory of “nano.”

Suppose that you are a middle-aged professor undergoing a midlife crisis. Instead of changing your family or lifestyle, you may choose to change your research focus to an emerging research area. You need a crash course in nanotechnology, to assess your current resources and future needs.

With your particular need in mind, we persuaded SPIE Press to publish our short and readable introduction to nanotechnology. While Nanotechnology: A Crash Course is unlikely to convert you overnight into a nanostar, it would meet your immediate need and very likely help you steer your professional life in a new direction.

Suppose that you simply have some time on your hands and wish to enrich your mind. But your financial health does not permit you to travel to a remote part of our planet or to buy an audio or video course on an ancient civilization. You, too, may like to read Nanotechnology: A Crash Course. Borrow it from a public library, buy yourself a hard copy, or purchase it as an eBook from the SPIE Digital Library.

Introduction to Nanoscience

Stuart Lindsay  

ISBN13: 9780199544219ISBN10: 0199544212 Paperback, 448 pages

Nov 2009,  Not Yet Published


First comprehensive interdisciplinary text in nanoscience

A 'handbook' for the beginning graduate student in nanoscience

Written from the ground up for an interdisciplinary audience, with examples and exercises for students

Material goes from self-contained introduction to advanced topics that make contact with current research literature

First text to integrate complexity in nanosystems, dealing explicitly with emergent phenomena from chemistry to biology

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Nano-SocietyPushing the Boundaries of Technology


Michael Berger (Author)

ISBN: 978-1-84755-883-1

Copyright: 2009

Format: Hardback

Extent: 332

Price:  £80.00

SynopsisMajor technology shifts do not happen overnight and rarely are they the result of a single breakthrough discovery. Nowhere is this more true than for the broad set of enabling technologies that we have come to simply call "nanotechnology". Rather than standing on the shoulders of a few intellectual giants, nanotechnologies are created by tens of thousands of researchers and scientists working on minute and sometimes arcane aspects of their fields of expertise in areas as diverse as medicine, telecommunications, solar cells, filtration, coatings, or ever smaller transistors for electronic devices. They come from different sciences, live in different parts of the world and work for different organizations (government laboratories, industry laboratories, universities, private research facilities) and follow their own set of rules - get papers reviewed and published; achieve scientific recognition from their peers; struggle to get funding for new ideas; look to make that breakthrough discovery that leads to the ultimate resumé item - a nobel prize; get pushed by their funders to secure patent rights and commercialize new discoveries.

This book puts a spotlight on some of the scientists who are pushing the boundaries of technology and it gives examples of their work and how they are advancing knowledge one little step at a time. The book shatters the monolithic term "nanotechnology" into the myriad of facets that it really is. It is a journey through the world of nanotechnology research and development, taking a personal look at how nanotechnologies get created today and by whom. The book covers 122 very specific research projects that are happening in laboratories around the world and provides commentaries from the scientists in their own words. However, the collection of stories in this book barely scratches the surface of the vast and growing body of research that leads us into the nanotechnology age. The selection presented in the book is not meant to rank some laboratories and scientists higher than others, nor to imply that the work introduced in the book is more important or valuable than all the work that is not covered. The intention is to give the interested reader an idea of the incredibly diverse aspects that make up nanotechnology research and development - the results of which will bring about a new era of industrial and medical technologies. Nanoscience and nanotechnology research is a truly multidisciplinary and international effort. Each of the chapters is based on a particular scientific paper that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal and, while each story revolves around one or two scientists who were interviewed for this book, many, if not most, of the scientific accomplishments covered in the book are the result of collaborative efforts by several scientists and research groups, often from different organizations and from different countries.

The book is different to other books in this field because it provides a novel human touch to nanotechnology research by not only covering a wide range of research topics but also the (often nameless) scientists behind this research. The book is a collection of Spotlight articles from the popular Nanowerk website and each article has been crafted with the author(s) of a scientific paper and signed off by them prior to being posted on Nanowerk.

The book is intended for two broad groups of audiences - scientists and nanoscience students who want a bite-size, quick read to get a good first impression of what nanotechnologies are about and how they affect not only their own field but also neighbouring fields and other scientific disciplines further away. And a non-scientific readership that needs to (because it affects their organization and they have to acquaint themselves with nanotechnology) or wants to get a 'non-threatening' (i.e. no formulas, complex diagrams, or unexplained scientific terms) introduction, written by a non-scientist for non-scientists.

Author InformationMichael Berger is the Founder of Nanowerk LLC and editor of the company's popular nanotechnology website He received his MBA from New York University. He has lived and worked in Munich, New York, Düsseldorf, London, Hong Kong and Honolulu and his career has included positions at Siemens, Citibank, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Warburg Pincus, Standard Chartered, and two start-ups.

The Handbook of Technology Management, 3 Volume Set

by Hossein Bidgoli

January 2010, Hardcover

US $750.00 

The Handbook of Technology Management offers a comprehensive handbook series with core information and technology management topics, practical applications, and coverage of the emerging issues in technology and innovation management fields. Edited by the renowned Hossein Bidgoli, with contributions from leading authorities in the field, the three volumes feature basic and advanced topics for students, educators, and practitioners.

Volume I: Core Concepts, Financial Tools and Techniques, Operations and Innovation Management

Volume II: Supply Chain Management, Marketing and Advertising, and Global Management

Volume III Management Support Systems, Electronic Commerce, Legal and Security Considerations

About the Editor-in-Chief

Hossein Bidgoli, Ph.D., is professor of Management Information Systems at California State University.  Dr. Bidgoli helped set up the first PC lab in the United States.  He is the author of 45 textbooks, 27 manuals, and over five dozen technical articles and papers on various aspects of computer applications, information systems, and network security, e-commerce and decision support systems published and presented throughout the world. Dr. Bidgoli also serves as the editor-in-chief of The Internet Encyclopedia, The Handbook of Information Security, The Handbook of Computer Networks, and the Encyclopedia of Information Systems.

The Encyclopedia of Information Systems was the recipient of one of the Library Journal’s Best Reference Sources for 2002 and The Internet Encyclopedia was recipient of one of the PSP Awards (Professional and Scholarly Publishing), 2004. Dr. Bidgoli was selected as the California State University, Bakersfield’s 2001- 2002 Professor of the Year.

To accommodate the busy and diverse lifestyle of today’s learners we created a comprehensive yet compact suite of print and digital learning tools. Interactive eBook, flashcards, games, videos, and quizzes accompany this 400-page paperback. I hope to provide students with current and relevant information in an efficient and accessible manner that will increase the likelihood that they will read the material and come to class prepared, resulting in increased student engagement and outcomes.

This solution incorporates state-of-the-art coverage of information systems with numerous practical applications and cases of emerging issues in the information systems field. Here are some of the features that you will find as you review this student-tested, faculty-approved solution

• Functional Applications: MIS presents numerous information systems applications in all functional areas of business. Presenting these applications makes the classroom discussion relevant for both IS and business majors while assisting the student to better understand the content.

• Human Issues and User Perspectives: MIS emphasizes human issues and user perspectives throughout the text. Using this approach should give future executives the necessary background to handle problems related to information systems design and implementation.

• Industry Profile: Each chapter concludes with an industry profile that introduces a leading computer/networking company to your students. Industry profiles will expand the boundaries of the classroom by bringing the real world company into your classroom.

• End-of-Chapter Questions: Each chapter concludes with 25-30 questions to further reinforce materials covered in each chapter. We published the 10 “best” questions (selected by a panel of subject matter experts) within the text; the remaining questions, which consist of multiple choice and true/false questions, will be posted at

• The personal, social, organizational, ethical, legal, and security issues of information systems are thoroughly examined. The presentation of these important topics gives the reader an understanding and appreciation of the challenges that must be understood when using and designing information systems.

• Review Cards: One review card per chapter is bound into the back of the student’s book. Printed on heavy cardstock,  the review cards will assist students in preparing for both quizzes and exams by including learning outcomes, key terms, and important figures and exhibits.

• Prep Cards: One prep card per chapter is bound into the back of the instructor’s book. The prep card will prepare you to teach the chapter by highlighting the chapter’s learning outcomes, identifying key PowerPoint® slides, providing a synopsis of the chapter’s videos and a few corresponding questions, providing a synopsis of the case, and preparing you for class discussion with additional examples, group activities, and assignments.

• Instructor Resources: In addition to the prep cards, we’ll also make sure you have all the important supplements you’ll need to teach your course—Instructor’s Manual, ExamView®, PowerPoint® Presentations, and solutions.

Introduction to Nanoscience



G. Louis Hornyak, NanoThread, Inc.

H. F. Tibbals, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Joydeep Dutta, Asian Institute of Technology


Tomorrow's nanoscientist will have a truly interdisciplinary and nano-centric education, rather than, for example, a degree in chemistry with a specialization in nanoscience. For this to happen, the field needs a truly focused and dedicated textbook. This full-color masterwork is such a textbook. It introduces the nanoscale along with the societal impacts of nanoscience, then presents an overview of characterization and fabrication methods. The authors systematically discuss the chemistry, physics, and biology aspects of nanoscience, providing a complete picture of the challenges, opportunities, and inspirations posed by each facet before giving a brief glimpse at nanoscience in action: nanotechnology.


  • - Presents a thorough and integrated introduction to the salient aspects of nanoscience with regard to the major underlying disciplines
  • - Features all illustrations in full vibrant color
  • - Divides each section into basic and advanced sections that flow together seamlessly
  • - Includes numerous examples, problem sets, and illustrations
  • - Serves as an ideal text for a first course in nanoscience for undergraduate or graduate students
  • - Provides a companion Web site loaded with extra materials as well as a solutions manual for qualifying instructors


Author 1 Hornyak, Gabor L., NanoThread, Inc., Golden, Colorado, USA Author 2 Tibbals, H.F., University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Dallas, TX Author 3 Dutta, Joydeep, Asian Institute of Nanotechnology, Pathumthani, Thailand 

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Book Review: Periodic Materials and Interference Lithography for Photonics,

Phononics and Mechanics

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 3, 030202

Book Review: Basics of Nanotechnology

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 3, 030201

Journal of Nanophotonics



Special Section Editorial: Russell Messier's Lifetime of Nanomorphology

Akhlesh Lakhtakia

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021999 (Oct. 6, 2008) (OPEN ACCESS)

The nano-world of thin films

Russell Messier

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021995 (Sep. 30, 2008)

Review of structured thin films in wide bandgap semiconductors:

pendeo-epitaxy of GaN and AlGaN

Thomas Gehrke

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021990 (Dec. 1, 2008)

Nananocrystalline structures in calcium carbonate biominerals

Alejandro Rodriguez-Navarro, Concepcion Jimenez-Lopez,

Angeles Hernandez-Hernandez, Antonio Checa, and Juan M. Garcia-Ruiz

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021935 (Dec. 10, 2008)

Analysis of the optical properties and structure of serial bi-deposited

TiO2 chiral sculptured thin films using Mueller matrix ellipsometry

Nikolas J. Podraza, Sean M. Pursel, Chi Chen, Mark W. Horn, and

Robert W. Collins

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021930 (Dec. 10, 2008)

Synthesis of palladium with different nanoscale structures by sputtering

deposition onto fiber templates

Víctor M. Pantojas, Diego Rodríguez-Vindas, Gerardo Morell, Adamari Rivera,

Carlos Ortiz, Jorge J. Santiago-Aviles, and Wilfredo Otaño

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021925 (Nov. 13, 2008)

Near-infrared luminescent nanomaterials for in-vivo optical imaging

Peter K. Bachmann, Helga Hummel, Thomas Juestel, Jacqueline Merikhi,

Cornelis R. Ronda, and Volker Weiler

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021920 (Nov. 11, 2008)

Principal components analysis of Ti-Si-N nanocomposite thin films

Melanie De Grano and Paul D. Sunal

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021915 (Nov. 11, 2008)

Multiple trains of same-color surface plasmon-polaritons guided by the

planar interface of a metal and a sculptured nematic thin film

Michael A. Motyka and Akhlesh Lakhtakia

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021910 (Nov. 4, 2008)

Development of vacuum ultraviolet multichannel ellipsometry and its

application to the characterization of ultrathin zirconium oxide films

Ilsin An

J. Nanophoton. Vol. 2, 021905 (Oct. 24, 2008)

Book Review

What is What in the Nanoworld: A Handbook on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

J. Nanophoton., Vol. 2, 020202 (2008)

Book Review

The Nature of Light: What is a Photon?

J. Nanophoton., Vol. 2, 020201 (2008)

Introducing Fractal Geometry, 3rd Edition

by Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon

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Fractal geometry is the geometry of the natural world. It mirrors the uneven but real shapes of nature, the world as we actually experience it. Introducing Fractal Geometry traces the development of this revolutionary new... Read more

Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems

Ben Rogers    University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Sumita Pennathur    University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Jesse Adams    Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc., Nevada, USA

Series: Mechanical Engineering Series  Volume: 29  

  List Price: $89.95

Cat. #: 8207

ISBN: 9780849382079

ISBN 10: 0849382076

Publication Date: 11/29/2007

Number of Pages: 416

Availability: In Stock

   CRC Press

Provides an accessible introduction without sacrificing rigorous scientific details

Covers the seven main facets of nanotechnology: nanomaterials, nanomechanics, nanoelectronics, nanoscale heat transfer, nanophotonics, nanoscale fluid mechanics, and nanobiotechnology

Introduces the historical figures who founded, sculpted, and defined the field as it exists today

Supports the discussion with homework problems, applications, examples, and discussion questions

Compares macroscale systems to those at the nanoscale, showing how scale phenomena affect behavior Solutions Manual available with qualifying course adoptions!

Although nanotechnology is a hot topic, the search for a true introductory textbook usually comes up cold. Students in a first course on nanotechnology come from a wide variety of backgrounds, so the text must not assume understanding of too much background material, nor be too focused on any particular area. And still, those students are capable of understanding the hard details of the science, so the text must not gloss over the rigorous scientific explanations. Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems fits perfectly between popular science books and high-level treatises, neither of which suit the needs of students approaching this field for the first time.

Working from the ground up, this text provides a detailed yet accessible introduction to the world’s fastest growing field. Through real-world examples, hundreds of homework problems, original illustrations, and a clear approach, the authors accomplish the delicate task of keeping the book engaging while not avoiding real explanations of complex concepts. They take a systems-based approach, demonstrating how an understanding of the various areas underlying nanotechnology come together to create systems with unique functions and characteristics. In every case, comparing nanoscale systems to macroscale systems reveals the complex and fundamental differences between phenomena at different scales and uncovers the specific challenges posed by nanotechnology.

With comprehensive coverage conveyed in an engaging and entertaining style, Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems provides a gateway into the exciting and rapidly evolving area of nanotechnology.


Magicians never reveal their secrets.  But physicists, it seems, will jump at the chance.

University of Wisconsin-Madison physics professor Clint Sprott was one of the first in the world to turn physics into enlightening entertainment. Since 1984, he has presented his "Wonders of Physics" shows to a total audience of more than 160,000 people, on the UW-Madison campus and around North America.

Now, after 22 years, Sprott is pulling back the curtain more than ever before, in a book and DVD set that will allow anyone to "try this at home"- or, more likely perhaps, at school.

"Physics Demonstrations: A Sourcebook for Teachers of Physics" is available now and will be officially released March 1 by the University of Wisconsin Press.  The book is a detailed, 300-page, heavily illustrated manual on how to present, with flair, 85 "Wonders of Science" demonstrations.

Organized to teach the six major areas of classical physics - motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light - it is accompanied by two DVDs showing each demonstration presented to a live audience. A limited number of copies of the book will be on display at "Wonders of Physics" shows on February 12, 18 and 19, both at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue.

"Physics Demonstrations" can be purchased at most bookstores, or ordered online at 

Sprott's other publications include "Introduction to Modern Electronics" and "Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos." He has won several awards for his work in public science education, including a lifetime achievement award from the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers.

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Sculptured Thin Films: Nanoengineered Morphology and Optics

Author(s): Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Russell Messier

Publication Date: Jan 2005;  336 pages; Hardcover; In print

Prices: $63 / $75 (SPIE Member/List)

Sculptured thin films (STFs) are a class of nanoengineered materials with properties that can be designed and realized in a controllable manner using physical vapor deposition. This text, presented as a short course at the SPIE Optical Science and Technology Symposium, couples detailed knowledge of thin-film morphology with the optical response characteristics of STF devices. An accompanying CD contains Mathematica™ programs for use with the presented formalisms. Thus, readers will learn to design and engineer STF materials and devices for future applications, particularly with optical applications. Graduate students in optics and practicing optical engineers will find the text valuable, as well as those interested in emerging nanotechnologies for optical devices. 

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Introduction to Complex Mediums for Optics and Electromagnetics

Editor(s): Werner S. Weiglhofer, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

Publication Date: Nov 2003;  776 pages; Hardcover; In print

Prices: $76 / $95 (SPIE Member/List)

Complex-mediums electromagnetics (CME) describes the study of electromagnetic fields in materials with complicated response properties. This truly multidisciplinary field commands the attentions of scientists from physics and optics to electrical and electronic engineering, from chemistry to materials science, to applied mathematics, biophysics, and nanotechnology. This book is a collection of essays to explain complex mediums for optical and electromagnetic applications. All contributors were requested to write with two aims: first, to educate; second, to provide a state-of-the-art review of a particular subtopic. The vast scope of CME exemplified by the actual materials covered in the essays should provide a plethora of opportunities to the novice and the initiated alike.

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The Handbook of Nanotechnology. Nanometer Structures: Theory, Modeling, and Simulation

Editor(s): Akhlesh Lakhtakia

Publication Date: Jul 2004;  576 pages; Hardcover; In print

Prices: $70 / $88 (SPIE Member/List)

This volume is a researcher's reference handbook to the many aspects of nanometer structures. Although intended as a source for the serious researcher, novices will find a great deal of interesting content. The theories covered include nanostructured thin films, photonic bandgap structures, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, atomistic techniques, nanomechanics, nanofluidics, and quantum information processing. Modeling and simulation research on these topics have now reached a stage of maturity to merit inclusion as well.

Announcing the New Nanochemistry Textbook

From the author of the highly cited paper “Nanochemistry: Synthesis in Diminishing Dimensions” Advanced Materials 1992, 4, 612-649, comes the first teaching textbook on the subject entitled “Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials”.   This 636 page textbook, containing around 400 illustrations and images, is published by The Royal Society of Chemistry. It is co-authored by Geoffrey A. Ozin and Andre Arsenault of the Materials Chemistry Research Group, Chemistry Department, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is scheduled to appear around August 2005.

This is the first textbook for teaching Nanochemistry. It adopts an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to teaching the subject. The book presents a basic chemical strategy for making and manipulating nanomaterials and describes the physicochemical principles of materials self-assembly over “all” scales. It demonstrates how nanometer and micrometer scale building blocks, with a wide range of shapes, compositions and surface functionalities, can be coerced through chemistry to organize spontaneously into unprecedented structures, which can serve as tailored functional materials. Suggestions of new ways to tackle research problems in Nanoscience and speculations on how to think about assembling the future of Nanotechnology are given.

Designed for teaching the underpinnings of Nanoscience through the eye of the materials chemist and crosscutting the traditional boundaries of chemistry and physics, materials science and engineering, biology and medicine, this twelve-chapter book will appeal to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It has been written so that it can be easily adapted for introducing the rudiments and principles of Nanochemistry to undergraduates in their freshman to higher years. It is well illustrated with graphical representations and images of the synthesis, structure and form of nanomaterials, and contains problem sets as well as other pedagogical features such as further reading, case studies and a comprehensive bibliography. It also presents a blueprint for NanoLab, undergraduate experiments that give a hands-on experience to the student wishing to appreciate the practical side of Nanochemistry, described in each chapter of the book.

The Contents of the book follows the order: Preface - In the Beginning there was Nano; Nanochemistry Basics; Chemical Patterning and Lithography; Layer-By-Layer Self-Assembly; Nanocontact Printing and Writing; Nanorod, Nanotube, Nanowire Self-Assembly; Nanocluster Self-Assembly; Microspheres - Colours from the Beaker; Microporous and Mesoporous Materials; Self-Assembling Block Copolymers; Biomaterials and Bioinspiration; Self-Assembly of Large Building Blocks; Nano and Beyond; Nanochemistry and Nanolabs; Appendices, Subject Index.

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Geoffrey A. Ozin, Andre Arsenault, Materials Chemistry Research Group, University of Toronto 

New book on Nanoscale Science and Technology

  Nanoscale Science and Technology is a new, graduate level interdisciplinary textbook which has just been published by Wiley. It’s based on the Masters Course in Nanoscale Science and Technology that we run jointly between the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield.

The book covers most aspects of modern nanoscale science and technology. It ranges from “hard” nanotechnologies, like the semiconductor nanotechnologies that underly applications like quantum dot lasers, and applications of nanomagnetism like giant magnetoresistance read-heads, via semiconducting polymers and molecular electronics, through to “soft” nanotechnologies such as self-assembling systems and bio-nanotechnology. I co-wrote a couple of chapters, but the heaviest work was done by my colleagues Mark Geoghegan, at Sheffield, and Ian Hamley and Rob Kelsall at Leeds, who, as editors, have done a great job of knitting together the contributions of a number of authors with different backgrounds to make a coherent whole. 


Conversations With Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology

Author: Rosalyn W. Berne

ISBN: 0-8058-4810-X

Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Asso.


No one really knows where nanotechnology is leading, what its pursuit will mean, and how it may affect human and other forms of life. Nevertheless, its research and development are moving briskly into that unknown. It has been suggested that rapid movement towards 'who knows where' is endemic to all technological development; that its researchers pursue it for curiosity and enjoyment, without knowing the consequences, believing that their efforts will be beneficial. Further, that the enthusiasm for development comes with no malicious intent but rather from simple ignorance. Contrary to that commonly held perception about the collective pursuit of technological development, there are individual research scientists and engineers who are quite willing to reflect on the meaning of their work in nanotechnology.

Nanotalk is a book of conversations and explorations with thirty five such nano-research scientists and engineers who share their ideas, experiences, perceptions, and beliefs about their work, humanity, nature, change, and the future of the world with nanotechnology. Precisely because of the unknowable nature of nanotechnology research and development, conscientious foresight and ethical reflection are warranted every step of the way. Not only do nanotechnology research and development represent enormous financial commitments, but they also require a profound leap of faith regarding its possible outcomes. Using these conversations as the basis of reflection and deliberation, the author explores the possible significance of nanotechnology to humanity and how it might be pursued conscientiously and ethically. 

Surface Roughness, Waviness, and Lay

(Revision of ASME B46.1-1995)

The world's first metrology standard to address the nanotechnology challenge. The ASME B46.1-2002 standard is concerned with the geometric irregularities of surfaces. It defines surface texture and its constituents: roughness, waviness, and lay. It also defines parameters for specifying surface texture. The terms and ratings in this Standard relate to surfaces produced by such means as abrading, casting, coating, cutting, etching,plastic deformation, sintering, wear, erosion, etc.

This  revision of ASME B46.1-1995, besides changes to the existing text, also contains three new Chapters:

a.. Chapter 7 on "Nanometer Surface Texture and Step Height Measurements

by Stylus Profiling Instruments," which addresses the use of contacting profilometry in the measurement of surface texture features whose height dimensions are typically measured within the scale of nanometers. Chapter 7 may be applicable to such industries as the semiconductor, data storage, and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) manufacturers.

b.. Chapter 8 on "Nanometer Surface Roughness as Measured with Phase

Measuring Interferometric Microscope," which addresses the use of optical non-contact techniques for measuring highly polished surfaces. Section 8 may be applied to the measurement of such items as polished silicon wafers, optical components and precision mechanical components.

c.. Chapter 10 on Terminology and Procedures for Evaluation of Surface

Texture Using Fractal Geometry" introduces the field of fractal analysis as applied to measuring surface texture. Introductions of various techniques and terms are included to allow for lateral scale-specific interpretation of surface texture. 

The Calcium Bomb

Hardcover: 248 pages

Publisher: Writers' Collective;

First edition

ISBN: 1594111014  

IF YOU HAVE HEART DISEASE, ARTHRITIS, or CANCER, you've probably got calcification -- one of the most widespread harmful conditions in existence, and found with diseases like osteoporosis and Alzheimers.

Doctors have long known that something in our body misuses calcium to make us sick; they just haven't known why, or how to treat it. But that has just changed. You'll find crucial answers in The Calcium Bomb, including medical science's recent discovery of a particle -- a nanobacterium so small it challenges the very definition of life -- that makes otherwise good calcium go bad, and which has also been discovered in other incurable diseases. Until recently scientists didn?t know that it existed or what it did. But now they are beginning to understand what it is... and how to treat it.

THE GOOD NEWS: Many patients are improving with tests and a new treatment aimed at heart disease calcification. Will it work for arthritis, injuries, and some cancers where the time bomb also lurks? In easy-to-understand terms for general audiences, this book explores the compelling evidence.

Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World 2002

Doug Mulhall

Publisher: Prometheus

"...moletronics, smart dust, desktop fabrication, genetic programming, augmented reality, nanoecology, dendrochronology, requisite variety, and singularity..." What are they? Why are they profoundly significant for each of us? Read Our Molecular Future to find out..."This isn't just a book, it's a whole new field of study, and a new concept for applying technology."

A Teacher's Resource for High School.

Teaching Nanotechnology in the High School Curriculum: A Teacher's Guide, has been provided by Ken Bowles, Apopka High School, Florida. This guide was created under the RET program at University of Central Florida UCF NANOPAC - 2004, and is a First Edition. We hope this helps the many high school teachers who have been waiting for curriculum in Nano Scale Science.

Download the PDF file:

Teaching Nanotechnology in the High School Curriculum.pdf

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