The subject arises from the convergence of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and electronics to create new functional systems of nanoscale dimensions of the order of a billionth of a metre!
In recognition of the enormous range of potential applications evolving from nanotechnology, both the public and private sectors worldwide are making huge investments in this field with a total of £6 billion spent worldwide in 2006. Market forecasts indicate £1.2 trillion nanotechnology related sales across all sectors by 2015.
From targeted drug delivery to the smallest MP3 player, nanotechnology has had a major impact on everyday lives. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are increasingly important to modern technology in the 21st century.
The University of Leeds is at the forefront of nanotechnology research. Anticipating rapid expansion of this field, the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience introduced the BSc Nanotechnology to its portfolio in 2003. It was to be the first course of its kind in the UK. In 2007 it produced its first cohort of successful graduates whom, with their experience gained from participation of this multidisciplinary science based degree, present skills which directly fulfil the needs of industry.