Aim and MissionOwing to the promising prospective of nanotechnology, it became a dominant field of research just during two decades. This rapidly growing interest and demand is in one hand a powerful driving force for the advancement of nanotechnology to achieve its potentials; but on the other hand, it caused the popularity of premature research strategies. As a matter of fact, most of researchers have entered this world through small overlaps of their fields with nanotechnology. In most cases, it is just a desire rather than technical need. This is indeed a good fortune for nanotechnology, if carefuly leading these interests in right way. As the world's largest community of nanotechnology, it would be a missionary duty of the American Nano Society.
Most of nanotechnology papers are simple reports of interesting experimental results without proper discussions to clarify the scientific significance. These works are like islands which are not connected to the main land of nanotechnology world. On the other hand, numerous theoretical studies are out of sight, they have never been applied to real experiments; thus, their usefulness is still in vague.
Quite different skills are needed to be successful in scientific research, and no one has all skills together. In nanotechnology research, these skills and knowledge are more diverse:
1. Brainstorming to build creative ideas to initiate a research
2. Imaginating the world of nanoscale and its different phenomenology
3. Performing experiments with accuracy
4. Understanding the reliability and limitation of instrumental techniques
5. Interpreting the experimental results and the physical meaning and significance behind them
6. Proposing a justifiable theory to connected all experimental results (to confirm each other).
7. Comprehensive awareness of other works published in the literature
8. Writing skills to properly express the research achievement
These are the backbone of any scientific collaboration to make a more complete team (even a simple team of professor/student in academic projects). However, these collaborations are limited to local teams. The aim of the present program is to break through the geographical barriers to build virtual teams over the cyber technology.