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Hitchhiking in the Nano World

Author Name: Anjan Kr Dasgupta and Chanchal K Mitra | Format: Paperback | Genre : Technology & Engineering | Other Details

The book starts with a fundamental question: why do we talk about nanoparticles and not pico-particles? At the pico scale, the identity (atomic or molecular) is lost. At this point, we mention a crucial difference between “scale” and “scaling”. Nano is mainly about a length-scale limit, but it can also be associated with “scaling”. We raise the question following Mandelbrot, “How long is the coast of Norway?”. He explained how a smaller scale of measurement makes the coastal length longer and longer. Does nanoscale have such a fractal flavor? We provide some examples. Thermodynamics is normally meant to describe macroscopic and bulk scale phenomena. How we can describe thermodynamic parameters at the nanoscale? The intriguing aspects of “nano-confinement” and “reaction coupling” at the nanoscale are described in one chapter. 

Can nanotechnology take us beyond the green revolution? We show that there are some possibilities for such nano-driven agro revolution. A subsequent chapter focuses on quantum technology (QT) and its overlap with nanotechnology (NT) and biotechnology (BT). Lastly, we stretch our imagination to exploit nanotechnology in space, defense and other rarely touched-upon subjects. This futuristic chapter would serve as a treasure house for young innovators. 

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Anjan Kr Dasgupta and Chanchal K Mitra

The authors, Anjan Kr Dasgupta (ADG) and Chanchal K Mitra (CKM), have a long history of working together. The common realm of interest for both of them was to look analytically at the biological and nanoscale processes. That once brought them together in the first-ever Nano-bio conference held anywhere in the world in 2006, when nanotechnology suddenly became very fashionable. Both the authors, however, have an interest in various other fields of science including bio-energetics, computational biology and spectroscopy. It is the exposure to the other fields that brought a sort of completeness to their approach and helped them look into the nanoscale from a perspective not taken by a typical physicist/chemist or material scientist. What both of the authors agree on is that the integrative approach and systems approach in nano-science are important because such approaches in biology are necessary. They hope that the readers will get a taste of this integrative approach once they go through some of its chapters. Few of them may be different from what a conventional nano-scientist may expect, but a few may contain the same wine in a slightly different bottle.