Nanotechnology has been emerging as a multidisciplinary science with the manipulation of matter on atomic, molecular and supramolecular scale. Indeed, nanotechnology advances the utilization of materials and devices with at least one dimension sized on nanoscale. From that perspective, nanotechnology is considered as the science of future with the micro- and nano-structured devices impacting all fields of engineering, including microelectronics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and biomedical engineering, etc.
Materials science is considered as a center of nanotechnology because materials exhibit novel properties that can change dramatically when their dimensions reduce to extremely small size. Not only these properties open up the development of new processing tools to fabricate nanodevices but also the wide variety of phenomena associated with nanostructured materials allows us to envision radically new devices and applications in the future. Therefore, the material science and nanotechnology specialty in USTH Bachelor program must encompass a curriculum designed to train students in the fundamental interdisciplinary principles of materials science including physics and chemistry and also expose students to the cutting edge of nanomaterials research through elective classes, practical training in many research laboratories.