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Q: Let me please know the potential of Nanotechnology education, and the list of universities offering Masters and Doctoral degree in Nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is a relatively new collection of fields, all
characterized by analysis, design and synthesis of structures whose
dimensions are roughly 1 to 100 nanometers. The term Nanotechnology
has been used recently within diverse fields such as Chemistry,
Physics, Biology, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, and
sub-disciplines such as robotics. Nanotechnology was invoked in many
different projects and sub-disciplines, including the design of new
senors and actuators, drug delivery mechanisms, tissue engineering,
design of semiconductor and optoelectronic devices, and a host of
consumer goods applications. This is not a comprehensive list - you
may be able to learn more in the Nanotechnology Now website
( and in the portal of the Institute of
Nano technology (

Opinions on the future of Nanotechnology vary. Some students of the
field make bold predictions about a technological revolution that will
be invoked by Nanotechnology. Others predict a more moderate rate of
progress, involving gradual emergence of useful products and processes
based on Nanotechnology. At the other extreme there are skeptics who
claim that Nanotechnology is just a new fashionable name for old
fields which have been studied for a while. There is certainly enough
interest, energy, projects, investments and expectations in
Nanotechnology to mark this field as one of the most dynamic and
promising in science and engineering.

The multidisciplinary nature of Nanotechnology means that many
universities perform Nanotechnology research and provide education in
this field through existing departments, such as Materials
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering,
BioScience, Chemistry, and Physics. Most of the serious work in
Nanotechnology requires solid basis in other disciplines and is done
at the graduate level by individuals who already have a Bachelor of
Science Degree in a core area of Science or Engineering. One way to
find institutions with high level of activity in Nanotechnology is to
scan some of the journals in the field such as Nanotechnology, IEEE
Transactions on Nanotechnology, and the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale
Science & Technology to see where the authors are coming from.

There is a continuing debate about the merit of stand alone
educational programs in Nanotechnology. Some believe that such
programs are essential to expand a dynamic field, others prefer that
Nanotechnology remain a specialization within existing programs.

Stand-alone B.Sc programs are available in the following institutions,
among others: University of Toronto (Division of Engineering Science,
Toronto, Canada); University of South Wales (Sidney, Australia),
Pennsylvania State University (see, US), Flinders University
(Adelaide, Australia), Louisiana Tech University (US), and Michigan
Technological University (a minor in Nanotechnology, US).

Stand-alone M.S. and Ph.D. programs are available in the following
institutions, among others (all in the US) : University of Albany New
York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering), University of
Washington, Rice University, Arizona State University (training within
existing Ph.D. programs), and the University of Massachusetts in

A comprehensive list of programs in Nanotechnology in academic
institutions is provided here:

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