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Here is a short list of publications that we have found useful for advancing our understanding of nanotechnology and its emerging influence on design. Click here for a complete list of other publications and web resources.
- Smarticles: Nanotechnology Materializes by Peter Yeadon, published in ArchitectureBoston v.11 n.4 (PDF)
- Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements by John Emsley
- Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology by J. Storrs Hall
- How to Clone the Perfect Blonde: Using Science to Make Your Wildest Dreams Come True by Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham
- Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation by K. Eric Drexler
- Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology by Eric Drexler
- Understanding Nanotechnology by the editors of Scientific American
- Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea by Mark Ratner and David Ratner
- Nanotechnology: Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance edited by B. C. Crandall
- Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and the Infinite Weirdness of Programmable Atoms by Wil McCarthy
- Year 2050: Cities in the Age of Nanotechnology by Peter Yeadon
- Small is Big: The Dawn of a New Epoch by Peter Yeadon, published in Archfarm No.9 (English or Español)
- Architecture and the Sciences edited by Antoine Picon and Alessandra Ponte
- Stories of the Invisible: A Guided Tour of Molecules by Philip Ball
- Nano is a monthly magazine by the Institute of Nanotechnology, UK, that is available online. Their Issue No. 19 covers nanotechnology in architecture, with a focus on sustainability.
- GENNESYS is an extensive report that compiles an overall picture of the present and future developments in nanomaterials. It is free to download online.
- What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does it Matter? From Science to Ethics by Dr. Fritz Allhoff, Dr. Patrick Lin, and Dr. Daniel Moore. TOC
- Nanotechnology: Engines On by Josep Saldaña Cavallé and Víctor Puntes. This eBook examines how nanotechnology is contributing to solutions to vital challenges. The book has been published by NanoWiki, and is available for free.
- Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality (English Edition) (German Edition) by Thomas Schroepfer et al. Written by renowned experts in this field, the book opens the way to an innovative use of materials in the design professions. The chapter on nanomaterials is written by Peter Yeadon, a leading authority on the topic of nanotechnology in architecture and design.
- Definition of a Nanomaterial (PDF) by the EU. The European Commission’s adopted definition of a nanomaterial is presented in this 2011 document: a nanomaterial is one in which half or more of the particles in a sample have one dimension that measures between 1 and 100 nanometers.
- Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy (PDF) is a 2011 document that was produced by the US National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Nanotechnology in Architecture For more than a decade, Nanoarchitecture.net focused on informing architects and designers about nanotechnology.
The site posted reports on emerging developments in nanotechnology that might revolutionize design, and features projects that were enabled by nanotechnology. The site is now closed, however you can find similar postings here
There are a great many links related to nanotechnology in architecture and design. Click here for a complete list of other web resources.
- Yeadon Space Agency | This New York City firm is working on various applications for emergent materials in architecture and industrial design. It was founded by Peter Yeadon, a pioneer in researching the architectural implications of nanotechnology. Yeadon is one of the very few architects that has worked directly with nanomaterials. He was the first architect to synthesize carbon nanotube buckypapers in the lab.
- Introduction to Nanoscience | Narrated by Alan Alda, this 2008 video introduction to nanoscience gives us a brief overview of the field and illuminates some of the interesting questions being researched.
- nano.gov | The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a federal R&D program in the USA that has been established to coordinate multi-agency efforts in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
- nanobuildings | Is a welcome resource for architects. It provides technical information about advanced technology facilities for nanotech research and development, and includes relevant information about the design and construction of such projects.
- nanohouse | The University of Technology Sydney house of the future number 6 will present nanotechnology research from around the world. Its architecture will showcase both commercially-available products, and prototypes of recent research into materials science.
- IOP | What is Nanotechnology? by the Institute of Physics.
- Nanowerk | Ten things you should know about nanotech.
- nanotech-now | One of the best nanotechnology glossaries available online.
- nanoword | A nanotechnology encyclopedia focusing on educating the general public.
- nanodic | A dictionary of nanotechnology terms, which includes references and resources.
- Periodic Table | Periodic Table of the Elements provided by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- nanoethics | The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan and independent organization that studies the ethical and societal implications of nanotechnology.
- nanotechproject | While not comprehensive, this inventory gives the public the best available look at the hundreds of nanotechnology-based consumer products currently on the market.
- understanding nano | The Understanding Nanotechnology website is dedicated to providing clear and concise explanations of nanotech applications in areas such as energy, medicine, and consumer goods.
- nanotech.law.asu.edu | The Nanotech Regulatory Document Archive is a free, searchable database of governmental documents from around the world relating to nanotechnology regulation.
- nanobliss | Nanobliss is a gallery of visualizations of carbon nanotubes and silicon structures, created by John Hart and collaborators. The dimensions of these structures range from nanometers to millimeters.
- Khan Academy | Are you having trouble understanding some of the chemical and physical properties of nano? The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. They have 1000+ videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, and biology.
- Federal Institute For Risk Assessment | The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Germany provides a qualitative study and standardized questionnaire, titled Public Perceptions about Nanotechnology, which is free to download as a PDF.
- Nano Archive | The Nano Archive is an online open-access repository for nanoscience and nanotechnology. Researchers can submit papers to be published free online for users across the globe.
- Scitable | Nature Education is devoted to publishing high quality educational resources. It is part of Nature Publishing Group, publishers of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals. They have created a nanotechnology spotlight on Scitable, the science library and personal learning tool. The spotlight covers basic explanation of nanotechnology, applied uses of nanotechnology, and issues of safety and ethics.
- ASTM International Committee on Nanotechnology | This ASTM international standards committee also includes a subcommittee that focuses on Nano-Enabled Consumer Products. The scope of subcommittee E56.06 is to develop scientifically credible standards for identification, evaluation and assessment of engineered nanomaterials in consumer products.
- Geckoman! | An online video game about nanoscale forces, developed by Northeastern University researchers at the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, which seeks to educate middle-school students about nanoscience and technology.
- Materials Today | Hear thought-provoking podcasts from Materials Today authors, explaining the reasoning behind their research, results and future visions.
- Nano & Me | The nanoproducts section provides an overview of the main areas where nanotechnology is being used in products that may be available in the UK now, or in the near future.
- The Scale of the Universe | Cary and Michael Huang enable you to zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of space-time, and learn the scale of things along the way.
- The Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization | SNO is a non-profit, worldwide professional society comprised of individuals and institutions. Its purpose is to provide a professional society forum to advance knowledge in all aspects of sustainable nanotechnology, including both applications and implications.
- NanoFinder | NanoFinder is meant to be an interactive tool that helps identify key nanotech products and services in various sectors.
- Materials Genome Initiative | The Materials Genome Initiative is a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost.
- The Materials Project | The Materials Project is unique in its ambition to computationally determine the properties of all known inorganic compounds, deliver the data to the materials community, and to enable improved materials and design. The project uses novel data-mining algorithms to predict surface, defect, electronic and finite temperature properties of tens of thousands of inorganic compounds.
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