Toxicology, Diagnostics, and Therapy Functions of Nanomaterials

Authored by: Stefano Bellucci

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075465
eBook ISBN: 9781420075496
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420075496-18

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Abstract

The purpose of nanotechnology is not merely creating useful or functional materials and devices by manipulating matter at the nanometer length scale but, most importantly, exploiting the novel properties of materials that arise owing to their nano-scale. Simply meeting the length scale criterion of 1–100 nm is not really nanotechnology, rather it is a necessary condition; the corresponding sufficient condition consists in taking advantage of the novel (physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, etc.) properties that result solely because of going from the bulk to the nanoscale.

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