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Nanotechnology For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-89191-9
360 pages
August 2011
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The bestselling introductory guide on nanotechnology now revised and updated

The world of nanotechnology is ever changing and evolving; this fun and friendly guide demystifies the topic for anyone interested in how molecule-sized machines and processes affect our everyday lives. The authors begin with explaining the background of nanotechnology and then examine industries that are affected by this technology. Aiming to educate and simultaneously dispel common myths, the book explores the many nanotechnology-enabled consumer products available on the market today, ranging from socks to face lotion to jet skis to floor cleaners, to name a few.

  • Serves as a fun and friendly introduction to the fascinating topic of nanotechnology
  • Discusses the various issues involving nanotechnology in the areas of environment, medicine, defense, and others
  • Provides real-world examples of everyday nanotechnology use such as floor cleaners, flash memory drives, face lotion, computer processors, and more

Written in the accessible, humorous For Dummies style, Nanotechnology For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides an easy-to-understand overview of nanotechnology and its real-world implementation.

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Foreword xxi

Introduction 1

Part I: Nanotechnology Basics 5

Chapter 1: Introduction to Nanotechnology Concepts 7

Chapter 2: Who’s Doing What? 19

Chapter 3: Building Blocks: Nanomaterials 37

Chapter 4: Nano Tools 59

Chapter 5: Putting Nanotechnology to Work 77

Part II: Nano Applications 93

Chapter 6: Nanoscale Electronics 95

Chapter 7: Nanotechnology in Your House and Car 113

Chapter 8: When Nano Gets Personal 133

Chapter 9: Changing the Way We Do Medicine 159

Chapter 10: Saving Energy with Nano 181

Chapter 11: Improving the Environment 197

Chapter 12: Star Wars: Nano in Space and Defense 213

Part III: Nanotechnology and People 229

Chapter 13: Nano Ethics, Safety, and Regulations 231

Chapter 14: Making Nano Work for You: Education and Careers 245

Part IV: The Part of Tens 259

Chapter 15: Top Ten Nano Web Sites 261

Chapter 16: Ten Nano Universities 273

Chapter 17: Ten Interesting Nano Research Labs 287

Glossary 307

Index 313

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Earl Boysen is the founder of UnderstandingNano.com and was an engineer in the semiconductor industry for 20 years. He coauthored the first edition of this book as well as The All-New Electronics Self-Study Guide.

Nancy Boysen has written more than 60 books on technology. She is senior editor for UnderstandingNano.com and runs TechSmartSenior.com.

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