A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

By Mark Ratner

Northwestern University

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While the Greek root nano just means dwarf, the nanoscale has become a giant focus of contemporary science and technology. We will examine the fundamental issues underlying the excitement involved in nanoscale research - what, why and how. Specific topics include assembly, properties, applications, and societal issues.

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  • Mark Ratner (2006), "A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience," https://nanohub.org/resources/1021.

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