Nanoscale science and nanotechnology education in Africa: importance and challenges
Nanoscale science and nanotechnology is a rapidly growing and multidisciplinary field with its footing in chemistry, physics, molecular biology and engineering. It has led to breakthroughs in energy, environmental science, agriculture, biotechnology and several others. it is also capable of making a positive and significant impact on the African continent. However, nanotechnology training and education in Africa appears to be scarce even within its contributory fields like chemistry and physics. A thorough, relevant and comprehensive nanotechnology education across informal and formal lines and at all levels of education is required to develop human capacity and assist the continent respond appropriately to career/business/development opportunities, risks and policy challenges that would arise from present and emerging nanotechnologies.