I am extremely grateful to the many nano-insiders who devoted time to participate in interviews, discuss their research, share their personal stories, and read portions of my book to ensure I "got it right." Many nano-insiders generously provided referrals and introductions to colleagues who allowed me to expand my network of nanotech professionals in science, business, government, and media.
I especially want to thank Michael Terlaak, founder of the Nanotechnology Research Foundation in San Diego, who provided referrals to numerous colleagues at the beginning of my research. This helped jump-start the interview process. Lynn Foster also opened his contact network to me and provided some excellent insights. My friend and colleague Brent Segal, cofounder of Nantero, provided a wonderful entree to critical issues in nanotechnology – by inviting me in 2007 to help organize and serve on the senior leadership of the IEEE/IEC project developing standards for the use of nanomaterials in electronics.
Several university colleagues at the Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania played an important role in my "academic development." I want to thank Jerry Wind, Saikat Chaudhuri, and the Mack Institute's Core Group for giving me an informed vantage point on a wide array of emerging technologies during my more than 18 years at the Wharton School. I joined Wharton in 1995 to help launch the Emerging Technologies Management Program, which in 2001 became the Mack Center for Technological Innovation and in 2013 became the Mack Institute for Innovation Management. Throughout these changes I was privileged to provide managerial leadership as Managing Director, which kept me thinking constantly about radical innovations including nanotechnology.
I started writing this book while studying for my master's degree in environmental studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The research methodologies I learned during my graduate studies were immensely valuable. Yvette Bordeaux, who chaired the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania, helped me tailor my graduate studies to include nanotechnology in my curriculum, including a superb course on nanotechnology taught by Dr. Jody Roberts from the Chemical Heritage Society. My graduate advisor Stan Laskowski was extremely helpful and supportive.
I'm especially grateful to my editors at Wiley-VCH: Heike Noethe, my terrifically patient and absolutely awesome editor, and Martin Preuss who championed the book when I first presented the concept and got me started on the project. Dr. Noethe was patient, encouraging, generous, professional, constantly enthusiastic, and supportive. As an author, I couldn't ask for a better editor/publisher.
Having started my career as a journalist, I greatly appreciated the availability of Google, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Gmail, and other tools that gave me instant access to emerging innovations and allowed me to contact virtually any nano-insider I wanted to interview, including some of the world's leading scientists and business leaders.
My mega-thanks and gratitude go to the more than 150 nanotechnology insiders who participated in interviews and provided information, insights, and images, graciously sharing their experiences to help make this book accurate, relevant, and "real." Many of these pioneers and champions have already made tremendous contributions to the field of nanotechnology, and continue to help drive nanoinnovation forward. Others are toiling 24/7 in laboratories and offices to turn possibilities into solutions. Their enthusiastic participation in this book project allowed me to include observations and opinions that can only come from insiders who truly know what's really happening in nanoinnovation. I also want to thank those who provided or facilitated the use of the images and diagrams included