Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, Second Edition

Ben Rogers Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc
Sumita Pennathur University of California at Santa Barbara
Jesse Adams Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc.
Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, Second Edition
Publication Type List Price
Textbook $99.95 / £63.99
Publication Date Imprint
February 15, 2011 CRC Press
Disciplines ISBN
General 9781439849200
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Although nanotechnology is a hot topic, the search for a true introductory textbook usually comes up cold. Students in a first course on nanotechnology come from a wide variety of backgrounds, so the text must not assume understanding of too much background material, nor be too focused on any particular area. And still, those students are capable of understanding the hard details of the science, so the text must not gloss over the rigorous scientific explanations. Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems fits perfectly between popular science books and high-level treatises, neither of which suit the needs of students approaching this field for the first time.

Working from the ground up, this text provides a detailed yet accessible introduction to the world's fastest growing field. Through real-world examples, hundreds of homework problems, original illustrations, and a clear approach, the authors accomplish the delicate task of keeping the book engaging while not avoiding real explanations of complex concepts. They take a systems-based approach, demonstrating how an understanding of the various areas underlying nanotechnology come together to create systems with unique functions and characteristics. In every case, comparing nanoscale systems to macroscale systems reveals the complex and fundamental differences between phenomena at different scales and uncovers the specific challenges posed by nanotechnology.

With comprehensive coverage conveyed in an engaging and entertaining style, Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems provides a gateway into the exciting and rapidly evolving area of nanotechnology.

Table of Contents


Big Picture and Principles of the Small World
Understanding the Atom: Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
Nanotechnology Starts with a Dare: Feynman’s Big Little Challenges
Why One-Billionth of a Meter Is a Big Deal
Thinking It Through: The Broad Implications of Nanotechnology
The Business of Nanotech: Plenty of Room at the Bottom Line Too

Introduction to Miniaturization
Background: The Smaller, the Better
Scaling Laws
Accuracy of the Scaling Laws

Introduction to Nanoscale Physics
Background: Newton Never Saw a Nanotube
One Hundred Hours and Eight Minutes of Nanoscale Physics
The Basics of Quantum Mechanics

Background: Matter Matters
Bonding Atoms to Make Molecules and Solids
Crystal Structures
Structures Small Enough to Be Different (and Useful)

Background: The Universe Mechanism
A High-Speed Review of Motion: Disp lacement, Velocity, Acceleration, and Force
Nanomechanical Oscillators: A Tale of Beams and Atoms
Feeling Faint Forces

Background: The Problem (Opportunity)
Electron Energy Bands
Electrons in Solids: Conductors, Insulators, and Semiconductors
Fermi Energy
The Density of States for Solids
Turn Down the Volume! (How to Make a Solid Act More Like an Atom)
Quantum Confinement
Single Electron Phenomena
Molecular Electronics

Nanoscale Heat Transfer
Background: Hot Topic
All Heat Is Nanoscale Heat

Background: The Lycurgus Cup and the birth of the Photon
Photonic Properties of Nanomaterials
Near-Field Light
Optical Tweezers
Photonic Crystals: A Band Gap for Photons

Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics
Background: Becoming Fluent in Fluids
Fluids at the Nanoscale: Major Concepts
How Fluids Flow at the Nanoscale
Applications of Nanofluidics

Background: Our World in a Cell
Introduction: How Biology "Feels" at the Nanometer Scale
The Machinery of the Cell
Applications of Nanobiotechnology

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- Represents a major revision of one of the first true primary texts in nanotechnology

- Includes a comprehensive new glossary

- Updates each chapter according to user feedback

- Offers several additional references to each chapter


December 2011 issue of CHOICE

Ever since Richard Feynman gave his classic talk in 1959, "There Is Plenty of Room at the Bottom," there has been a steadily increasing buzz in manipulating matter at the atomic scale--nanotechnology. This updated work (1st ed.,2008) takes the revolutionary concepts and techniques that have traditionally been fodder for graduate study and makes them accessible for all.

Covering subjects ranging from materials science to mechanics and biotechnology to photonics, Rogers and Adams (both, Nevada Nano) and Pennathur (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) deftly introduce the reader to each topic and quickly explain why it is important on the nanoscale. An exciting feature is the "back of the envelope" examples, where the reader is walked through "quick and dirty" calculations to illustrate and understand (mathematically) the complex concepts discussed.

The end of each chapter includes traditional problem sets and short answer questions to test understanding. While not a comprehensive text in any specific area of nanoscale science or engineering, this outstanding introduction to the broad field of nanotechnology provides a solid foundation for further study.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower division undergraduates and above; general readers.

N. M. Fahrenkopf, University at Albany