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Nano-Age: How Nanotechnology Changes Our Future

ISBN: 978-3-527-32676-1
196 pages
August 2010
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Is the nano-age here to stay or will a bubble soon burst? This thought-provoking page-turner takes a critical glance at how nanotechnology has affected virtually all areas of our lives. From the pharmaceutical industry to energy production and storage, many fields have been truly revolutionized during the nano-age. The internationally renowned author explores the topic in nine entertaining chapters.
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Preface
CAPTURING SUN'S ENERGY
Solar Power: Now
Never Trust the Skeptics
Solar Power for the Masses
Why Nanoscience is Relevant to the Solar Energy Industry
Expanding the Solar Business
Solar Hydrogen from Water
FROM CHEMISTRY TO NANOCHEMISTRY
Why Small is Different
Nanochemistry, The Chemical Approach to Nanotechnology
An Insight into Chemical Methodology
Making Nanomaterials
STORING AND SUPPLYING CLEAN ENERGY
Ending the Era of the Internal Combustion Engine
Nanotechnology-Based Batteries
Biological Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells for the People
CATALYSIS: GREENING THE PHARMA INDUSTRY
Pharma: An Industry to Be Cleaned Up
Sol-Gel Catalysts: Philosopher's Stones
Biogels: Marriage of Glass and Life
Nanocatalysts: Abating Polluting Emissions and Product Contamination
ORIGINALLY DOPED METALS
A Watershed Development in Science
The New Reactivity of Metal-Entrapped Molecules
Two-for-One-Catalyst
Chiral Metals
PROTECTING OUR GOODS AND SAVING ENERGY
Multifunctional Nanocoatings
Multifunctional Textiles
Protecting Cultural Heritage
Protecting Goods from Light
BETTER MEDICINE THROUGH NANOCHEMISTRY
Nanomedicine
Hemostasis: Change in Surgery and Emergency Medicine
Biogels: Biotechnology Made Possible
Small is Beautiful? Nanotech Cosmetics
Nanotechnology in Orthopedics
A Hybrid, Welcome Science
GETTING THERE CLEANLY
Why Sustainable Nanotechnology?
Regulating Nanomaterials
Greening Nanomaterials
Understand the Risks and Minimize Them
Communicating the Nanotech Risk
MANAGING (NANO)INNOVATION
Scholars, and not Researchers
Renewing Management and Scientific Education
Nexus of the Science
In Praise of Scientific Culture
Communicating Nanochemistry
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Mario Pagliaro is a research chemist based at the Palermo National Research Center where he heads Sicily's Photovoltaics Research Pole and the Institue of Scientific Methodology.
He has conducted research on the development of functional materials at the University of Leiden, the CNRS in Grenoble, and the RWTH Aachen.
Professor Pagliaro has co-invented several innovative technologies, some of which have been commercialized, and has six books, numerous scientific papers and four international patents to his name. Since 2004 he has been the organizer of the Seminar Marcello Carapezza, and in 2005 was appointed Maître de conférences associé at the Montpellier Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie.
Besides his academic work, Professor Pagliaro is active in management education and in promoting the role of science in society.
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"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (Choice, 1 May 2011)
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