Since the late 1990s, in response to the increasing nanotechnology heat worldwide, the government funding agencies, including Ministry of Education (MOE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) etc., have put more and more emphasis on nanoscience and nanotechnology researches. In a recent report by Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Science and Technology Plan 2010, ‘nanotechnology’ was repeatedly emphasised by 13 times.
Nanotechnology has been regarded as the key enabling technology to sustain future development of the Singapore economy. A-STAR has called a few times for strategic research programs on nanotechnology, such as ‘Nano-Manufacturing’ and ‘Molecular and Polymer Electronics’.
As the main practitioners in nanotechnology research, the two universities in Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore have set up Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Cluster (Nanocluster) and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) respectively, in response to the global and local call for nanotechnology.
This special issue of IJNT has some representative papers from within the Singapore local research community, which includes Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Institute of Microelectronics, Institute of Data Storage, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and a few others. Of course, they cannot cover every aspect of nanotechnology research in Singapore, yet they are a reflection of large and increasing successful efforts of Singapore scientists and funding agencies have put into nanotechnology research recently.