The Center for Molecular and Nanoarchitecture (MANAR) was established in 2010 as a joint research center between Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) and University of California, Berkeley (UCB) through Professor Omar M. Yaghi’s research group.

MANAR's research focus lies in materials science, inorganic chemistry, and nanotechnology. Specifically, MANAR is currently developing new crystalline, porous materials for clean energy storage and generation, elimination of environmental pollutants, biomedicine, and catalysis applications. The MANAR Ph.D. program endeavors to outfit students with expertise in the design, synthesis, and structural characterization of these novel materials. Students are trained in translating their research from basic science to industrially relevant applications and are able to routinely engage in industrial partnerships, international collaborations, and global scholar exchange programs. Additionally, the program fosters a scholarly, independent, and scientifically creative atmosphere to ensure each student’s education provides him or her with opportunities for continued success in securing a reputable profession after graduation.

For further information concerning the research topics being explored by the MANAR team, please visit their website.