Where will nanoscience and nanotechnology take us? José Antonio López Guerrero shares his RNE program “Entre Probetas”, with OpenMind to introduce us to the world of the smallest particles.
One of the most exciting challenges of current science and technology is that of “taming” the world of the smallest particles (atoms and molecules) to build new devices or instruments with these bricks. This is the subject of so-called nanoscience and nanotechnology, two sister disciplines on the clear increase that will shape this century’s technology landscape.
Nanotechnology is presented as a very powerful tool capable of transforming society again just as microelectronics and biotechnology did in the 20th century. The potential of new developments which results in various areas of knowledge seems truly unlimited. However, as these technologies transform society, “side effects” or risks associated with their extensive use appear.
These are some of the topics covered in the book entitled “El nanomundo en tus manos” (The nanoworld in your hands), published by Crítica in the Drakontos collection. The main objective of which is to make current and objective information available to readers for them to be able to form a clear idea of the technology that will soon be in their homes. The authors of this book, José Ángel Martín-Gago, Carlos Briones, Elena Casero and Pedro Serena (specialists in different fields of research) show us how new proposals emerging from several disciplines (chemistry, physics, materials and biomedicine) are materializing in new devices; i.e., how it is moving from laboratory experiments to technological developments that belie a world of infinite possibilities.
El nanomundo en tus manos will help us to visualize the meaning of the word “nano”, entering us fully into the processes that occur when the typical sizes or distances are a nanometer, so that we can understand, without using a rigorous formulation, what the world of the smallest particles is like, what laws govern it and what the objects that populate it are.
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José Antonio López Guerrero (JAL).
Tenured professor of microbiology at the UAM. Researcher and director of scientific culture at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre.