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The branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of 1 to 100 nanometres, or, generally, with the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. (OED Online)
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Dictionary of Ceramic Science and Engineering - Ian John McColm
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ISBN: 9400709161
Publication Date: 2012-05-31

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The Nanobiotechnology Handbook - Yubing Xie (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781439838709
Publication Date: 2012-11-16
A thorough overview of nanobiotechnology and its place in advances in applied science and engineering, The Nanobiotechnology Handbook combines contributions from physics, bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, materials science, and medicine as well as from mechanical, electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering to address the full scope of current and future developments. World-class experts discuss the role of nanobiotechnology in bioanalysis, biomolecular and biomedical nanotechnology, biosensors, biocatalysis and biofuel, and education and workforce development.

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Handbook of Nanoscopy - Gustaaf van Tendeloo (Editor); Dirk van Dyck (Editor); Stephen J. Pennycook (Editor)
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ISBN: 9783527317066
Publication Date: 2012-05-21
This completely revised successor to the Handbook of Microscopy supplies in-depth coverage of all imaging technologies from the opticalto the electron and scanning techniques. Adopting a twofold approach, the book firstly presents the various technologies as such, before goingon to cover the materials class by class, analyzing how the different imaging methods can be successfully applied. It covers the latest developments in techniques, such as in-situ TEM, 3D imaging in TEM and SEM, as well as a broad range of material types, including metals,alloys, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors etc

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Encyclopedia of nanoscience and society - David H. Guston
Whether the impact will be revolutionary, or less dramatic, very small scale technology involves incredible potential as well as risks--and it all could get incredibly out of control before governments and regulatory agencies catch up, which is a subject that merits profound attention. In this well-conceived reference, two volumes contain 500 alphabetically-arranged entries pertaining to nanotechnology--not to the technical aspects, but rather to the societal implications insofar as these implications are being anticipated, seriously studied, and seriously hyped or inadvisably dismissed.


What is Nanotechnology?

     Nanotechnology is the branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of 1 to 100 nanometres, or, generally, with the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.


    First uses of the word nanotechnology:

         1974 N. TANIGUCHI in Proc. Internat. Conf. Production Engin. II. 18/1 The usual precision finishing technology has aimed to get the preciseness and fineness of 1 {mu}m, i.e. 10-6m in length, hence it says ‘micro-technology’, not so accurate in meaning. Consequently, in contrast, the finishing technology aimed to get the preciseness and fineness of 1nm would be called ‘Nano-technology’. 1986 K. E. DREXLER Engines of Creation i. 11 As nanotechnology moves beyond reliance on proteins, it will grow more ordinary from an engineer's point of view.

    1998 Independent 2 Apr. 2/7 The most obvious use for such a power plant would be in ‘nanotechnology’ systems, where mechanical systems may be so tiny that hundreds of them can fit onto the head of a pin. 2000 Business Rev. Weekly 11 Aug. 60 The areas that some venture capitalists are entering include biotechnology, and ‘over the horizon’ developments such as micro-machining and nanotechnology.

    A nanometre/nanometer is one thousand-millionth of a metre. Abbreviated nm.


      (From the Oxford English Dictionary Online)

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