As Nanotechnology turned from marvelous vision to exciting reality, the need for a quickly accessible source of application-oriented, authoritative and comprehensive information arose. The Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology meets this requirement by integrating the knowledge from nanofabrication, nanomechanics, materials science, and reliability engineering in just one volume. Beside the presentation of nanostructures, micro/nanofabrication, and micro/nanodevices, special emphasis is on scanning probe microscopy, nanotribology and nanomechanics, molecularly thick films, industrial applications and microdevice reliability, and on social and ethical implications. The book is organized by an experienced editor with a universal knowledge and written by an international team of distinguished experts (e.g. Nobel prize winner Gerd K. Binnig). It addresses mechanical and electrical engineers, materials scientists, physicists and chemists who work either in the nano area or in a field that is or will be influenced by this new key technology.