Introduction    
       
 

Nano science and technology is perceived as one of the most important area affecting mankind in the 21st century. Nano science and technology is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. By being able to tailor material properties at the most fundamental level, nanotechnology is envisioned to impact virtually everything, from communications to energy production, environmental management, medicine, computing, and education. The scope of nano science and technology research may range from nanomaterials to computer electronics, medicine and healthcare, aeronautics and space, environmental studies and energy, biotechnology and agriculture, national security and education.

Pearl River Delta is well-organized to be one of the manufacturing centers of the world for a very diversified range of products. As the leading city in this region, it is imperative that Hong Kong plays the leading role in research as well as personnel training for the coming wave of nanotechnology revolution.

At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the School of Science and the School of Engineering jointly offer Nano Science and Nano Technology Postgraduate Programs that integrate different disciplines in both science and engineering. The School of Science offers MPhil and PhD Program in Nano Science and Technology (NSNT) and the School of Engineering offers Nanotechnology Concentration.

While diversified in its applications, nano science and technology has three well-defined core elements which define the basis of our teaching/research program. These three elements are: sample fabrication, characterization-experimentation, and theory-simulations.

The Nano Science and Technology (NSNT) Program, defined on the basis of the three above elements, aims to educate students with the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge to contribute to the long-term nanoscale research and development, which will lead to potential breakthroughs in areas such as materials and manufacturing, nano-electronics, medicine and healthcare, environment, energy, chemicals, and biotechnology. This program allows students to apply the knowledge in physical science to their study in nano science and technology.