The Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) has 3 focus areas—research, responsibility, and education.
In order to move nano-education forward, SNO has set forth a goal:
Raise nanotechnology to an academic discipline equivalent to chemistry, physics, biology, engineering.

SNO believes that:

  • Nanotechnology remains buried in the pockets of other disciplines as a secondary topic.
  • The foundations of nanotechnology itself are not completely laid out within these disciplines.
  • Students do not always see the connections between the traditional sciences and nano-technology.
  • Nanotechnology can become a unifying science.
  • As a new discipline, nanotechnology can be imbued with sustainability approaches.

To reach the goal is a big task ahead, but there already exist model programs and disciplines that have preceded us.