The Universe of the very small

The book "The nanoworld in your hands: The keys to nanoscience and nanotechnology" has just been published. Two researchers from the Center for Astrobiology are coauthors.

What is the nanoworld? What is nanotechnology? And nanoscience? These are words that for a few years have been appearing in various scientific and popular publications and, even, are already coming to textbooks. What do they mean? Well, simply, the study of the universe of the very small and its technological applications. Deepening a little more in the definition, consists of the study of the behavior of atoms and molecules and how we have learned to "handle" them to our advantage.

Now a book has just been published that comes to bring light to this, still for many, unknown world. The book, entitled "The nanoworld in your hands: The keys to nanoscience and nanotechnology", has been published by the prestigious Drakontos Collection, of Editorial Crítica. Two of its authors are researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA): José Ángel Martín-Gago, Research Professor at CSIC, and Carlos Briones, Senior Scientist at CSIC. The other two authors of this work are Elena Casero, Full Professor of the Autonomous University of Madrid, and Pedro A. Serena, Scientific Researcher of the CSIC at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (Center to which JA Martín-Gago also belongs). .

In this work, a pioneer in Spanish and markedly interdisciplinary, the foundations of nanoscience are shown as a discipline that studies the properties of matter at the nanoscale (between 0.1 and 100 nanometers - a nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter) and the behavior of the entities that populate this "nanoworld": atoms, molecules and molecular aggregates of all kinds. In continuous dialogue with this scientific progress, nanotechnology has been developed, a set of techniques to manufacture, characterize and manipulate nanomaterials. This new technology is destined to transform 21st century society as microelectronics or biotechnology did in the second half of the 20th century.

One of the objectives of this book is to show the challenges, advances and the products that are already on the market in the different areas that converge in the nanoworld: physics, information technologies, materials science, chemistry, biology and medicine. With a close and profusely illustrated language, the book describes, for example, microscopy techniques that allow to enter the nanoworld, new carbon-based materials (such as graphene, nanotubes and fullerenes), advances in nanoelectronics, nanoparticles, new catalysts , bioinspired nanomaterials, systems to manipulate individual molecules, bionanotechnology developments, nanosystems drug dispensers or even nanorobots. It also reflects on the social implications of nanotechnology, the possible risks to health or the environment of nanoproducts, the existing regulation and the necessary training in this field. With all this, the authors seek that the reader knows the most relevant information to develop their own opinion before a revolutionary technology that has already reached our lives.

The book has a Prologue by Emilio Méndez, Director from the Functional Nanomaterials Center of the Brookhaven National Laboratory, in New York, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research in 1998.

More information Publication: " The Nanomonde in Your Hands: The Keys to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ", José Ángel Martín-Gago, Carlos Briones, Elena Casero and Pedro A. Serena. Editorial Review - Drakontos Collection, Barcelona, ​​2014. 303 pages. ISBN: 978-84-9892-719-1.


Carlos Briones , Centro de Astrobiología

José Ángel Martín-Gago , Institute of Materials Science of Madrid and Center of Astrobiology

Scientific Culture Unit of the CAB: Luis Cuesta


Fuente: UCC-CAB


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