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Should More Universities Teach Nanotechnology ?
I know since I left school eleven years ago, nanotechnology has significantly grown in that time and the syllabus has incorporated some of the well-know materials such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes, as well as the odd principle. However, with nanotechnology being one of the most innovative and expansive areas of science today, it is an area that should be introduced to more students at an earlier age; otherwise how are they going to know how and why to get into the field?
It doesn’t get much better at college level, because again, these courses focus on the core areas of chemistry, physics and biology, with little to no emphasis on how these fields can be applied to the nanotechnology sector. This is a critical time for many students, as this is when they decide what they want to do in their future careers. It is at this point, that we as people within the nanotech community, should be directing the next generation towards nanotechnology.
Considering the amount of nanotechnology, or nanotechnology crossover, research that goes on in most UK universities, you would think that more people would be trying to teach our undergraduates about the principles of nanotechnology. I’m not saying that there needs to be a stand-alone nanotechnology degree, but more universities should offer the integrated approach where the basic principles of chemistry, physics or engineering are applied to nanotechnology applications.
Whilst some courses may touch on nanotechnology, it is not enough to steer students in the direction of nanotechnology and many have to find out about it for themselves. I was one of the lucky ones (in my opinion) who took the 4-year chemistry with nanotechnology integrated master’s degree. Not only did I gain all the fundamental knowledge of chemistry and the chemical principles that underlie most nanotechnology applications, but it also gave me a much wider scope of the world of nanotechnology than if I had done a pure chemistry degree.
More needs to be done to not only get people interested in the field at an earlier age, but to give people a wider understanding of the world of nanotechnology. That is where the system is faltering, and needs to be rectified, especially with the state of unknown coming with Brexit.
By Liam Critchley. Nano. Posted: April 25, 2018.