14. The Advantage of Being Small: Nanotechnology

  1. Abhik Ghosh
  1. Michael J. Sailor

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch14

Letters to a Young Chemist

Letters to a Young Chemist

How to Cite

Sailor, M. J. (2011) The Advantage of Being Small: Nanotechnology, in Letters to a Young Chemist (ed A. Ghosh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch14

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 - 0358 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470390436

Online ISBN: 9781118007099



  • nanotechnology, and the advantage of being small;
  • nanotechnology, another Greek word, nano, or “dwarf” - micro-, milli-, and mega-, nano- prefix to indicate a number multiplier;
  • GORE-TEX, truly a nanotechnological material - nanoscale size of pores providing water-repellant yet breathable property


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Advantage of being Small

  • So What is Nanotechnology?

  • Staying Dry with Nanopores

  • Using Chemistry to Assemble Nanostructures

  • Using Electrochemistry to Carve Out Nanostructures

  • Colored Nanostructures from Nature

  • Silicon - Based Photonic Crystals

  • Iron Oxide Nanoparticles to Detect Tumors

  • Using Chemistry to Improve Nanoparticle Performance: Anchoring Nanoparticles to Tumors

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Nanotechnology

  • Laws of Nanorobotics

  • Acknowledgments

  • Further Reading