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Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

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The Social and Economic Challenges of

Nanotechnology

The Social and Economic Challenges of

Nanotechnology

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Published by: Dr. Narendra Agnihotri on Jul 04, 2010
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07/11/2012

 
The Social and EconomicChallenges of 
Nanotechnology 
Professor Stephen Wood
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Professor Richard Jones
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Alison Geldart
 
STEPHEN WOOD
is research chairand deputy director, Institute of WorkPsychology, University of Sheffield,co-director of the ESRC Centre forOrganisation and Innovation. He isalso research associate, Centre forEconomic Performance, London Schoolof Economics and chief editor of the
British Journal of Industrial Relations 
.
RICHARD JONES
is a professorin the Department of Physics andAstronomy, University of Sheffield.He co-ordinates interdisciplinaryresearch in nanotechnology atSheffield, and is co-director of theMSc course in Nanoscale Science andTechnology which is jointly run by theUniversities of Leeds and Sheffield.ALISON GELDART is a researchassistant in the ESRC Centre forOrganisation and Innovation,Institute of Work Psychology,University of Sheffield.
The views and statements expressed in thispublication do not necessarily reflect thoseof the ESRC.
 
Contents
FOREWORDi
Ian DiamondiSir David Kingiii
SUMMARY11INTRODUCTION32SCIENTIFIC CONTEXT5
Nanoscience and technology6Technology that enables science7Current themes in nanoscale science and technology10Conclusions17
3COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONSOF NANOTECHNOLOGY19
Tools19Materials20Electronics and information technology20Medicine and health21Cosmetics and food21Military, space and security21Environment and energy22Radical proposal of molecular manufacturing22Conclusions23
4THE NANOTECHNOLOGY DEBATE25
Conceptions of nanotechnology25Social and economic effects30Conclusions37
5THE SOCIAL DIMENSIONSOF NANOTECHNOLOGY39
Developing social science involvement39Social science issues40The implications for social science policy41
APPENDIX I: REFERENCES45APPENDIX II: LITERATURE SUMMARY47

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