The World is confronted with a plethora of potentially disruptive technologies
– some, such as nanotechnology, will inevitably challenge our cherished
social, economic and industrial stability over the next two decades. Rational
design and manufacture of materials properties through nanostructure control
will profoundly affect the food we eat, the sources of water and power we
use, our health services, our national security, housing, transportation, etc.
Precisely what will be the ultimate effect of these disruptions is still unclear.
However, this book is particularly timely as many new industries are already
emerging from nanostructure manipulation. Smaller, First World countries,
such as Australia, can play a significant role – their smaller size allows for
agile adoption of radical new technologies and modification of social
infrastructure, something not possible in large economies.
Nanotechnology is an area of science and technology where dimensions and tolerances in the range of 0.1nm to 100nm play a critical role. Nanotechnology has opened up new worlds of opportunity. It encompasses precision engineering as well as electronics, electromechanical systems and mainstream biomedical applications in areas as diverse as gene therapy, drug delivery, and novel drug discovery techniques. Nanostructured materials present exciting opportunities for manipulating structure and properties on the nanometer scale. The ability to engineer novel structures at the molecular level has led to unprecedented opportunities for materials design. Valuable for materials scientists, mechanical and electronic engineers, and medical researchers, this new book provides detailed insights into the synthesis and the structure and property relationships of nanostructured materials.