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GŁnter Schmid (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-31732-5
310 pages
June 2008
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This first volume in the series deals with the principles and fundamentals of
nanotechnology, explaining what nanoscience and nanotechnology really means and, equally importantly, what it does not mean.
Following an introduction, Chapter 2 discusses a scientifically unambiguous definition of nanotechnology and nanoscience, followed by a series of examples elucidating this definition in various fields, reaching from size effects up to complex biosystems. The next three chapters deal with the principles of generating effective nanosystems before considering the fundamental objects of quantum dots, wires, rods and tubes. Chapter 6 provides an insight into the fascinating nanoworld of biomolecule-nanoparticle hybrid systems, while philosophical and ethical aspects are discussed in Chapters 7 and 8. The whole is rounded off by a review of the outlook and consequences of nanotechnology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction (G. Schmid)
The Nature of Nanotechnology (G. Schmid)
Top Down versus Bottom Up (W. Parack)
Fundamental Principles of Quantum Dots (W.Parack)
Nanowires and Nanotubes (J. Schneider)
Biomolecule-Nanoparticle Hybrid Systemsm (I. Willner)
Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience (A. Nordmann)
Ethics of Nanotechnology. State of the Art and Challenges Ahead (A. Grunwald)
Outlook and Consequences (G. Schmid)
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Author Information

Gunter Schmid, Professor em. at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research is focused on the interface between chemistry an physics, covering clusters, nanoparticles and nanosciences. He published about 350 papers and edited several books on nanomaterials and nanotechnology. He acts as a member in several editorial boards, e.g. for Small and Advanced Functional Materials. In 2003 he received the prestigious Wilhelm-Klemm award of the German Chemical Society.
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"This book would be useful to those interested in learning about the strategies used to create new nanodevices, the fundamentals of nanotechnology, and ethics of the field." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, May/June 2009)

"This book should be definitely recommended to those who want to understand the basic fundamentals of nanotechnology. This book can also be a good source for physics and engineering students in particular. From the college instructor point of view, this book is an excellent reference source for nanotechnology students." (Journal of Metals, January 15, 2009)

"One of the first books which deals with the various fields in nanotechnology … .The book address scientists, teacher/ professors and students involved in this important and advanced field of fundamental and applicative science." (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, November / December 2008)

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