Nanotechnology: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Directions


Nazrul Islam, PhD (Editor)
School of Management and Business, Aberystwyth University Office, Aberystwyth, UK

Series: Nanotechnology Science and Technology
BISAC: SCI050000

Technology-based innovations fuel the knowledge-based economy, as it creates new industries, makes existing ones globally competitive, and drives future economic growth. In order to reach technology-based economic growth, it is not only necessary to invest capital, intellect and time in technology-related research and development (R&D), but also to execute processes related to technology development trends, diffusion patterns, and the adoption and implementation of technology-based innovations.

Nanotechnology has contributed to remarkable advances in the field of science and technology in the past two decades, which have led to significant prospective applications in various technological domains including advanced materials, biotechnology and pharmacy, electronics, scientific tools and techniques, and industrial manufacturing processes. This ultra-small technology will drive a new technology-driven global economy, with revolutionary advances in almost all industry sectors through high utility and demands.

The book is written to provide an overview of the developments made in nanotechnology to date, the ongoing trends and the future prospects, together with the supply chain practices and environmental risk challenges involved, and finally, suggests the key issues to be focused on in the future with personal directions, finishing with managerial and policy recommendations.

For over a decade, Companies are faced with the challenge of harnessing the enormous potential of nanotechnologies, while also being attuned to potential environmental, health and safety issues, and social acceptability. The lack of investigations in these areas still poses a serious barrier to the commercialization of nanotechnology-based products. This book explains how nano-science, technology and technological progress are central to economic and social well-being, and why the creation and diffusion of nano-products with secure and safe development, along with an efficient supply chain are critical drivers of adopting this technology.

It is urgent to apply nanotechnology to solve legacy environmental problems, and to encourage the replacement of existing products with new nano-products that are more environmentally friendly throughout their life cycles. The authors confer to the industry’s response to the pressures of the responsible development of nanotechnology, for making every reasonable effort to anticipate and mitigate the adverse implications or unintended consequences. The end users of nanotechnology, particularly the poor and developing countries, should be given opportunities to participate in the development of the technology, as the social factors are crucial in the adoption of nanotechnology.

One major goal of this book is to highlight the multifaceted issues surrounding nanotechnology on the basis of case studies, academic and theoretical articles, technology transfer, innovation, economics, management and policy. More than fifty experts spread in about fifteen countries with their respective understanding, perspectives and resources provide a very broad audience to accomplish the project with. This book will be a useful reference for academics, practitioners, policymakers, and professionals in the field of science, technology, engineering, innovation, management and economics. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Nanotechnology: Technology Trends, Emerging Challenges and Implications (pp. 1-24)
Nazrul Islam (School of Management and Business, Aberystwyth University, UK)

Chapter 2 – Nano-Enabled Drug Delivery: Subsystems, Hot Topics and Future Innovation Pathways (pp. 25-44)
Xiao Zhou, Alan L. Porter, Douglas K. R. Robinson, Yi Zhang and Ying Guo (Beijing Institute of Technology, China and others)

Chapter 3 – Advances in Nanotechnology and the Future Prospects (pp. 45-64)
Sandeep Kumar Vashist (HSG-IMIT – Institut für Mikro- und Informationstechnik, Freiburg, Germany)

Chapter 4 – Seeking Out Paths of Responsible Development: Exploring the Wicked Problem Facing Industrial Actors (pp. 65-88)
Clare Shelley-Egan and Douglas K. R. Robinson (Law & Regulation, Department of Public Administration, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands and others)

Chapter 5 – Nanotechnology Supply Chain Management (pp. 89-114)
Subin Babu and Nazrul Islam (School of Management and Business, Aberystwyth University, UK)

Chapter 6 – Application of Nanotechnology in Civil Infrastructure: Current Status and Future Potential (pp. 115-126)
Salim Barbhuiya and Touseef Patel (Curtin University of Technolgy, Australia)

Chapter 7 – Dendrimer: A Promising Nanocarrier for Cancer Therapy (pp. 127-156)
I. Matai, A. Sachdev, S. Uday Kumar, P. Dubey, B. Bhushan and P. Gopinath (Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India)

Chapter 8 – Nano Visions and Challenges: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 157-174)
Trust Saidi and Esther Sigauke (Maastricht University, Department of Technology and Society Studies, The Netherlands)

Chapter 9 – Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences in Pacific Asia: A Comparative Study of China, Japan and South Korea Scientific Production (pp. 175-194)
Ugo Finardi (CNR-CERIS, National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth, Moncalieri, Italy)

Chapter 10 – Managing Business Risks in Nanotechnology (pp. 195-214)
Nagesh Munivenkatesh and Nazrul Islam (School of Management and Business, Aberystwyth University, UK)

Chapter 11 – Facilitating Nanobiotechnology Commercialization through Dynamic Ecosystem Development: Bridging Innovation Policy, Stakeholders and Knowledge (pp. 215-240)
Bhuvaneashwar Subramanian (Global Analytics, Corporate Strategy and Alliances, Hewlett Packard Company Bangalore, India)

Chapter 12 – Nanomaterials Formed by Green Nanotechnology for Bioapplication (pp. 241-310)
Kelvii Wei Guo (Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong)

Chapter 13 – Spintronics: The Realm of Nanotechnology (pp. 311-336)
S. Dwivedi (The LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur, India)

Chapter 14 – Biomedical Applications of Graphene: Opportunities and Challenges (pp. 337-348)
Ranjita Shegokar (Department of Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and NutriCosmetics, Kelchstr, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Chapter 15 – Next Generation Nanocomposite Ultrafiltration Membranes for Water Purification (pp. 349-362)
Asim K. Ghosh and P. K. Tewari (Desalination Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India)

Chapter 16 – Current Approaches for Drug Delivery Design (pp. 363-394)
Beatriz Clares Naveros and José Luis Arias Mediano (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

Chapter 17 – Nanoemulsion As a Vehicle in Drug Delivery (pp. 395-430)
Md. Faiyazuddin, Md. Akhlaquer Rahman and Farhan J. Ahmad (Faculty of Pharmacy, Integral University, Lucknow, and Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India)

Chapter 18 – Nanomedicine: The New Age of Therapeutics (pp. 431-460)
Luciano Sobrevals, Hanna Parkkola, Laura Vivero, Rafael Miñana and Judith Sendra (ENDOR Nanotechnologies, Barcelona Science Park, Barcelona, Spain)

Chapter 19 – Toxicity of Nanoparticles: Present Scenario and Future Scope (pp. 461-486)
Vineet Kumar, Sushil Kumar Kansal and S. K. Mehta (Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India)


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