Prentice Hall
Mark A. Ratner / Daniel Ratner  
Total pages
November 2002
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This book is intended to be an introduction to the subject of nanotechnology for the general reader. We will survey the scientific research and business aspects of the field, try to explain the key concepts, provide a look at current developments, and give some thoughts on where nanotechnology is likely to go in the next few years. The book will be approachable and witty, with lots of illustrations and examples.

Table of Contents


1. Introducing Nano.

Why Do I Care About Nano? Who Should Read This Book? What Is Nano? A Definition. A Note on Measures.

2. Size Matters.

A Different Kind of Small. Some Nano Challenges.

3. Interlude One-The Fundamental Science Behind Nanotechnology.

Electrons. Atoms and Ions. Molecules. Metals. Other Materials. Biosystems. Molecular Recognition. Electrical Conduction and Ohm's Law. Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Ideas. Optics.

4. Interlude Two: Tools of the Nanosciences.

Tools for Measuring Nanostructures. Scanning Probe Instruments. Spectroscopy. Electrochemistry. Electron Microscopy. Tools to Make Nanostructures. The Return of Scanning Probe Instruments. Nanoscale Lithography. Dip Pen Nanolithography. E-Beam Lithography. Nanosphere Liftoff Lithography. Molecular Synthesis. Self-Assembly. Nanoscale Crystal Growth. Polymerization. Nanobricks and Building Blocks. Tools to Imagine Nanoscale Behaviors. NanoCAD.

5. Points and Places of Interest: The Grand Tour.

Smart Materials. Sensors. Nanoscale Biostructures. Energy Capture, Transformation, and Storage. Optics. Magnets. Fabrication. Electronics. Electronics Again. Modeling.

6. Smart Materials.

Self-Healing Structures. Recognition. Separation. Catalysts. Heterogeneous Nanostructures and Composites. Encapsulation. Consumer Goods.

7. Sensors.

Natural Nanoscale Sensors. Electromagnetic Sensors. Biosensors. Electronic Noses.

8. Biomedical Applications.

Drugs. Drug Delivery. Photodynamic Therapy. Molecular Motors. Neuro-Electronic Interfaces. Protein Engineering. Shedding New Light on Cells: NanoLuminescent Tags.

9. Optics and Electronics.

Light Energy, Its Capture, and Photovoltaics. Light Production. Light Transmission. Light Control and Manipulation. Electronics. Carbon Nanotubes. Soft Molecule Electronics. Memories. Gates and Switches. Architectures.

10. Nanobusiness.

Boom, Bust, and Nanotechnology: The Next Industrial Revolution? Nanobusiness Today. High Tech, Bio Tech, Nanotech. The Investment Landscape. Other Dot Com Lessons.

11. Nanotechnology and You.

Nanotechnology: Here and Now. Nano Ethics: Looking Beyond the Promise of Nanotechnology. A Some Good Nano




About the Authors.

Back Cover

Nanotech for everyone! The friendly, non-technical guide to the next industrial revolution.

  • Discover the world's next $1 trillion industry!
  • The easy-to-understand guide to nanoscale technology, science, business, and ethics
  • Today's hottest nanotech research and tomorrow's hottest applications
  • Nanobots, quantum and DNA computing, nanosensors, neuro-electronic interfaces, and much more
  • Insider's assessment of the nanotechnology marketplace and investment opportunities

By 2015, nanotechnology could be a $1 trillion industry. Now, renowned nanotech pioneer Mark Ratner and technology entrepreneur Daniel Ratner show you how nanotech works, why it's so exciting, what's new, and what's next. They survey the entire field-technology and business-covering nanobots, molecular electronics, quantum computing, biostructures, nanotubes, molecular motors, nanosensors, and many other breakthrough applications. They provide easy-to-understand explanations of every key concept, plus dozens of visuals that bring nanotechnology to life. Coverage includes:

  • A simple, brief, almost math-free introduction to nanotech science
  • "Grand tour" of nanotech R&D, from "smart materials" to DNA computing
  • Breakthrough biomedical applications, including neuro-electronic interfaces and new drug delivery systems
  • Current and emerging nanotech systems for optoelectronics and communications
  • Nanotech here and now: nano-enhanced tennis balls, suntan lotions, and other products already in the market
  • A realistic assessment of nanotech investment opportunities for the short- and long-term
  • Ethical issues associated with nanotech research and product development


MARK RATNER, winner of the 2001 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in Chemistry at Northwestern University. He is widely credited as the "father of molecular-scale electronics"-thanks to his groundbreaking work with Ari Aviram that first envisioned how electronic circuit elements might be constructed from single molecules and how these circuits might behave. Ratner is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He lectures worldwide on nanotechnology and its implications.

DANIEL RATNER, an engineer and tech entreprenteur, has founded two successful technology startup companies, serves as industry advisor to several other high-tech ventures, and was recently awarded the prestigious "30 Under 30" entrepreneurs' award by Philly Tech magazine.