Nanotechnology is one of the most exciting and dynamic fields to emerge over the last 100 years. Governments, industry, and academia have invested huge amounts of effort and large sums of money on fundamental research in the search for new or improved applications. New insights have emerged and applications have been developed in semiconductor, automotive, aerospace, textile, and cosmetics industries. Nanotechnology is widely expected to have a massive impact on commercial applications in the near future.
Nobel Laureate Richard P. Feynman’s’ vision, outlined in his famous lecture ‘There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom’, is finally being realized due to developments in the revolutionary ‘microchip’ technology that is clearly seen in devices that are now commonly found in electronics shops all over the world. Almost everyone is carrying around a supercomputer in their pockets in the form of a smartphone or tablet.
The academic impact of nanotechnology after Feynman has been recognized with Nobel Prizes being awarded to Curl, Kroto and Smalley for the discovery of C60 in 1996 and to Geim and Novoselov (2010) for their groundbreaking work on the two-dimensional material Graphene. These and other developments provide a firm foundation for investigating the way in which these nanostructures can be adapted for use in medicine through the development of new electronic interfaces, coatings for medical devices, and through the development of new drug delivery mechanisms to name but a few.
Professor David Andrew Phoenix
London South Bank University, UK
Professor Waqar Ahmed
University of Central Lancashire, UK
ISBN (eBook): 978-1-910086-03-2
Publisher: One Central Press (OCP)