This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Nanotechnology. Before starting, let’s give a definition to this topic.
What is Nanotechnology?
According to Nano.gov
“Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.”
To better understand the topic, we recommend you read the following titles and resources.
1. Nanotechnology, Ethics and Society – Alexander, M.
This text provides a conceptually clear and straightforward ethical framework, in which pragmatic questions can be raised regarding the impact of nano-related technologies. Firstly, it focuses on general issues related to nanotechnology in nanomaterials and manufacturing. Secondly, it outlines the impacts nanotechnology has on the marketplace and workforce. After an overview of the nanotechnology revolution, the text illustrates key concepts in the assessment model and applies this model to a case study on human enhancement technologies. Finally, the book offers an ethical agenda for addressing the challenges of nanotechnology.
2. Nanotechnology and Energy – Poplawski, P.
This book, focusing mainly on nanoscience and nanotechnology research topics, is a useful resource for undergraduate and graduate-level students of nanotechnology as well as researchers and professional engineers. Also, it’s a useful resource for those people who are interested in energy, the environment, and the automotive industry.
3. Principles of Nanotechnology – Young, T.
This text provides a pointed introduction to the fascinating subject of nanotechnology, mainly focusing on the molecular-based study of condensed matter in small systems. The book outlines the roots of nanotechnology and how the topic has become more relevant over the years. Also, it highlights how nanotechnology will have a revolutionary impact on the way things are designed and manufactured.
4. The EU and Nanotechnologies – Birch, D.
This book investigates the role of law in relation to major societal transformations caused by the development of nanotechnologies. Firstly, the title takes into account the European Union and delineates the institution’s key decision-makers in the regulation of nanotechnologies and how they make decisions. Secondly, the text focuses on: the food and chemicals sectors. In this context, the title charts an incremental retreat of the European Union to its executive powers, including ‘soft law’ measures such as agencies’ guidelines or implementing measures. Furthermore, it discusses the results of the Union’s fundamental democratic control mechanisms, the EU legislature and the Court of Justice of the EU. Finally, the book recommends several immediate proposals to reform EU risk regulation, advocating a greater reliance on the European Parliament and outlining measures to increase the transparency of guidance drafting by EU agencies.
5. Nanostructures and Nanotechnology – Natelson, D.
This carefully developed textbook will equip students with a deep understanding of the nanoscale. Each topic is introduced with a concise summary of the relevant physical principles, emphasising universal commonalities between seemingly disparate areas. Also, the book includes accessible introductions to condensed matter physics and materials systems, providing students with all the necessary background. Finally, theoretical concepts are linked to real-world applications, allowing learners to combine theory and practice.
This article discusses the intricacies of nanotechnology and attempts to explain how it works along with the science involved in it.
This article from Popular Science discusses the different ways nanotechnology is influencing everyday life.
10 Awesome Facts About Nanotechnology
This video from Alltime10s”, highlights the interesting facts about Nanotechnology.