Dr Nazrul Islam's new book “Nanotechnology: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Directions”

19 May 2014

The book begins with an introductory chapter written by Dr Islam, which focus on 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 key issues to be focused on in the future, finishing with managerial and policy recommendations. Eighteen chapters then follow; discuss the understanding of the key factors that seem to drive and facilitate the convergence of nanotechnology with life sciences, by identifying gaps in the business and innovation models and to define the corrective actions that could facilitate improved product adoption among the life sciences and medical community. Mapping the role and dynamics of stakeholder interactions and knowledge flows, that define the elements of the nanotechnology innovation ecosystems, has been established through a comparative evaluation of the country specific ecosystems. Others 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. It is recommended that 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. Developing countries should prioritise domestic innovation and technological advancement in order to contextualise the technology to the social and economic imperatives of the poor.