Nanocrystals from Natural Polysaccharides

Authored by: Youssef Habibi , Alain Dufresne

3 Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781420075441
eBook ISBN: 9781420075458
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420075458-12

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Abstract

The term “nanotechnology” was introduced by Eric Drexler in mid-1980s to describe the manufacturing of machines and tools on the molecular scale. Over the years, this term has been adapted more accurately to characterize “nanoscale technology,” which is related to processes involving products in the range of 0.1–100 nm. Nanotechnology or nanoscience has become one of the most important and exciting fields in physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology. It changes, and will continue to change, the nature of almost every manufactured object by offering not only better products but also new ways of processing. This new industrial revolution is best described by the quote of the Nobel Laureate, Richard Smalley: “Just wait, the next century is going to be incredible; these little nanothings will revolutionize our industries and our lives.”

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