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This community is a place to share information on teaching nanotechnology courses for workforce development. Resources on nanoHUB that are geared towards high school, community college and undergraduate university students interested in technical careers will be highlighted, and links provided to good material outside nanoHUB.

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Courses and Tutorials on nanoHUB for Nanotechnology Workforce Development

The GoodNanoGuide

The mission of the GoodNanoGuide is to provide an Internet-based collaboration platform specially designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting. It is meant to be an interactive forum that fills the need for up-to-date information about current good practices for managing nanomaterials in a work-related environment, highlighting new practices as they develop.

The goal of the GoodNanoGuide is to create a central repository for good practices for safely handling nanomaterials that can be used and contributed to by people from all over the world.  

Included in the GoodNanoGuide, which is housed on nanoHUB, are:  Training Resources on the basics of nanotechnology and good nanotechnology safety workplace practices, nanomaterial specific guidelines and protocols, and the nanomaterial occupational risk management matrix.

Cell Culture Basics Training

Purdue University (2015)  Powerpoint Presentation with embedded links to videos.

Taught by Sophie A. LelièvreShirisha ChittiboyinaTim Kwok

This series of videos combined with accompanying PowerPoint file comprise introductory training for Cell Culture Basics. This learning unit is part of the training required for access to the Three Dimensional Cell Culture Core (3D3C) facility at Purdue University, and is appropriate for anyone learning this technique.

The videos provide some detailed demonstration of processes that help keep cell culture safe for all users as well as for the cultured cells during freezing, thawing and passaging the cells.  Specific information is given regarding aseptic techniques while manipulating cells and culture related items, tips on labeling culture vessels and other items, methods for adding or removing medium from cell culture vessels and seeding cells in cell culture vessels. These training videos also highlight simple rules to dispose of biohazardous sharps and clean the system used to aspirate the medium from cell cultures.


Materials in Nanotechnology

ESC 213 at Penn State University (NACK Network.)  Video lectures with ppt and pdf notes.

This course is an in-depth, hands-on exposure to the producing and tailoring of the materials used in nanofabrication. The course will cover chemical materials production techniques such as colloidal chemistry; atmosphere, low-pressure and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition; nebulization; and atomic layer deposition. It will also cover physical techniques such as sputtering; thermal and electron beam evaporation; and spin-on approaches. This course is designed to give students experience in producing a wide variety of materials tailored for their mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, and biological properties.

Characterization and Metrology

There are additional advanced courses available in the Characterization and Metrology group.  Topics include:

  • Light microscopy and optical imaging
  • TEM
  • SEM
  • AFM 
  • Electronic Characterization
  • Particle Image Velocimetry

nanoHUB-U Courses

nanoHUB-U Courses are created for advanced upper division undergraduate science and engineering majors and beyond.  The introductory videos provide a nice overview of the course, and the topics listed here should be of interest to this community.

Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy, Part 1— Fundamental Aspects of AFM

Purdue University 30 Lectures
Taught by Ron Reifenberger 
Selected Topics: non-contact tip-surface interactions, intra/inter molecular interactions, contact tip-surface interactions, AFM components/calibrations, force spectroscopy, contact mode Imaging, VEDA 

Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy, Part 2— Dynamic AFM Methods

Purdue University 30 Lectures 
Taught by Arvind Raman 
Selected Topics: dynamic AFM, using VEDA, reconstructing surface forces, dynamic AFM for electrostatics, magnetics and biology.


Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics - Part A: Basic Concepts (2015)

Purdue University 4 Units, 42 Short Lectures 
Taught by Supriyo Datta 
The modern smartphone is enabled by a billion-plus nanotransistors, each having an active region that is barely a few hundred atoms long. Interestingly the same amazing technology has also led to a deeper understanding of the nature of current flow on an atomic scale.  The Scientific Overview (23 minutes) and first lecture of this nanoHUB-U course introduces a new perspective of current flow, resistance and conductance, embodied in the "New Ohm's Law".  Even learners who do not have advanced math skills should find something new, interesting and useful in these presentations.

Simulation-Powered Learning Activities

Exploration of the Oxidation Rate of Silicon Wafers via Simulation

Purdue University (2014)
By Tanya Faltens

This teaching resource is designed for instructors who would like to introduce exploration through simulation into their lessons on silicon oxidation.  Step-by-step instructions are provided for running the process lab oxidation simulation, and guiding questions are provided that should help students discover important trends in the oxidation rate when different process parameters are changed.

Exploring Thin Film Interference Colors through Simulation

Purdue University (2014)
By Tanya Faltens

This resource will guide instructors and independent learners through the process of simulating the reflections off of a thin film using the S4: Stanford Stratified Structure Solver simulation tool. Examples of a freely standing thin film (a soap bubble) and a thin film of silicon dioxide on a silicon wafer are presented. Some reference to thin film interference and the colors average humans perceive when viewing different energies (or wavelengths) of light are included. The simulations can be easily used in conjunction with other learning materials available on nanoHUB and elsewhere, such as oxidation of silicon wafers and SCME's Deposition Overview.

Seminars on Nanotechnology Workforce Development

K-12 Nanotechnology Education Outreach for Workforce Development— The Georgia Institute of Technology Model

Northwestern University (2006) 
By Diane Palma
The NSF estimates that by the year 2015 there will be a need for two million workers worldwide in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Of these, nearly one million will be needed in the U.S. An additional 5 million workers will be needed in support areas for these fields. To develop this workforce, education outreach should be a major thrust of our universities, industries, and federal labs. This outreach must begin in the elementary grades and expand up to professional adults in need of retraining and skill enhancement. Fortunately for Georgia Tech, Diana Palma has found a “WIN-WIN” combination for Georgia students and researchers to provide support and encouragement for each other.

Engineering the Classroom— Engineering science as the core for technology teacher education for the 21st century

Colorado State University (2009)
By Michael de MirandaNCLT
This NCLT seminar presentation will report on content analysis research of pre-service teacher/engineering science students’ ability to conceptualize, design, and evaluate student design brief solutions in high school technology classes. This research is just a part of a larger challenge within the engineering and technology teacher preparation community to understand what pre-service teacher candidates need to know and be able to do to teach engineering design in a context and content valid manner.

Resources on the web for Nanotechnology Workforce Development

National Science Foundation National nano- Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers

MATEC— Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center

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MATEC is the worldwide leader in education and industry collaboration, supporting the ongoing development of a highly skilled workforce.

NACK Network

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Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network Provides Educator Resources including introductory material that is appropriate for high school. Browse their Educator Resources and look at the Introductory Level Modules and Activities.


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The primary mission of Nano-Link is to provide nanoscience classroom materials for use by high school and college educators as well as industry.  The modules are intended to be an inclusive package of activities, experiments, background information slides, questions and other related material that you can tailor to the needs of your students and curriculum. In addition Nano-Link provides training for educators to help them maximize the value of our training materials.

NEATEC—Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center


Here you will find K-12 Resources, Post Secondary Resources, Professional Development opportunities. This will include developed learning modules and how to access them, video lectures, conference key notes, powerpoints, course outlines, teacher handbooks, access to lab kits, meeting announcements, etc…

SCME Southwest Center for Microsystems Education

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The SCME offers professional development and educational materials to excite and engage secondary and post secondary students in the field of Microsystems (MEMS) technology.


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SHINE is Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education at North Seattle Community College


Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Conference

Innovative and emerging curriculum covering all aspects of Micro-Nano education will be made available, targeting secondary and post-secondary STEM classes. There will be plenty of networking opportunities for you to share and learn from each other – we are a great community to get to know and want to continue contributing to the development of our High-Tech Micro/Nano workforce!

High Impact Technology Exchange (HI TEC) Conference

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.