Nanotechnology is the ability to observe, measure, manipulate, and manufacture things at the nanometer scale, the size of atoms and molecules.
The National Science Foundation predicts that the global marketplace for goods and services using nanotechnologies will be worth a trillion dollars by 2015. In the same year, career opportunities in this fast-paced technology will require 2-5 million semiskilled and skilled employees worldwide. Nanotechnology has the potential to affect everything from the clothes we wear, to the energy we use, to the way we detect and treat cancer and other diseases.
Nanotechnology 101 is a reference book and an excellent research tool for developing a working knowledge of basic nanotechnology concepts and topics. Besides the potential benefits of nanotechnology, the legal, ethical, and social issues are also addressed.
In recent years, there have been several nanotechnology surveys that have found that a majority of the adults know little or nothing about nanotechnology. Therefore, in an effort to make the book more accessible and appealing to a broad range of readers, Nanotechnology 101 incorporates many features and enhancements that include:
• Current Nanotech Topics. This book provides all of the basic concepts and topics of nanotechnology. In its comprehensive, easy-to-read format, Nanotechnology 101 covers nanotechnology's influence in medicine, engineering, economics, electronics, communications, energy, environment, transportation, space travel, and homeland security.
• Bibliography. An excellent listing of reading materials at the end of each chapter and in the appendix is provided.
• Interviews. This book also features more than 15 interviews with people who work and study in the nanotechnology field. The interviews include a nanotechnology business owner, an electrical engineer, a physics professor, an environmentalist, a chemistry teacher, and two high school students who were winners of an NSTA nanotechnology project.
• Companies and Products. General information and Web sites for more than 100 companies who are involved in cutting-edge nanotechnology research and nanofabrication have been presented to the reader. Some of these companies include IBM, Intel, Samsung, Eastman Kodak, Dupont, and Hitachi High Technologies.
• Career Information. It encourages young people to explore the possibilities of a career in the nanotechnology field by providing resources they can contact to learn more about career opportunities in the field. As an example, Penn State provides a free CD, Careers in Nanofabrication.
• Video Sources. To enhance the text, Nanotechnology 101 provides more than 80 nanotechnology video Web sites. As an example, Is Nanotechnology Going to be the Next Industrial Revolution? Conversations in Science, Madison Metropolitan School District, UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Education Group. If you would like to view the video go to: http://mrsec.wisc.edu/ Edetc/cineplex/MMSD/nano5.html
• Hands-on Activities and Suggested Projects. There are suggestions and opportunities for students and teachers to explore nano activities. As an example, students can make a nanometer ruler, construct a Buckyball model, and build a LEGO® model of an atomic force microscope. Want to know how a scanning electron microscope works? Students can access NASA's electron microscope virtual lab Web site.
• Government and Nongovernment Resources. All of the major government agencies that are conducting nanotechnology research and funding are included. Familiar names include Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA. Many nongovernment groups are listed as well. This list includes such organizations as, Foresight Institute, Nanotech Institute, Nano Science and Technology Institute, NanoBusi-ness Alliance, Institute of Technology, and Nanotech.
• Nanotechnology Timeline of Events. The timeline provides an opportunity to trace some of the important events of the history of nanotechnol-ogy.
• University and College Resources. Nanotechnology 101 includes nanotech resource links and Web sites from more than 20 colleges and universities that provide nanotechnology educational and outreach programs devoted to middle school or high school students. By contacting these college sites, students and teachers can access interactive activities, lesson plans, online exhibits, experiments, games, and video broadcasts. • National Science Education Standards. The content in the book provides a close alignment with the National Science Education Standards. Nanotech-nology is not a traditional discipline, but rather a combination of disciplines involving physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Nanotechnology 101 provides information in the appendix that links nanotechnology concepts with those science education standards in each of the major science fields.
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