Enhancing your Micro and Nano Technology Courses with Free nanoHUB Resources and Simulations

By Tanya Faltens

Purdue University

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This presentation given at a workshop in the 2014 MNT (Micro Nano Technology) Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides an overview of nanoHUB resources that will be useful for MNT Educators.  The Education Page, nanoHUB-U, Group Functionalities, collections, Learning Communities, publishing your own material and how to get help are presented. 

Specific examples of simulations that are aligned to curricular materials provided by the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education are provided.  These simulations allow students to explore and experiment with the topics of oxidation (effects if wet vs dry conditions, temperature, and Si wafer orientation on the oxidation rate) carbon nanotubes (structure, heat flow, and energy band structure), diffusion (infinite vs limited source diffusion, creation of a pn junction), and reflections from thin films (relates to the observed colors of different thicknesses of oxide films on a Si substrate, viewed at different viewing angles.)


Dr. Tanya Faltens is the Educational Content Creation Manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN). Her technical background is in Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D. UCLA 2002), and she has several years’ experience in hands-on informal science education, including working at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.  She has taught undergraduate materials science and engineering courses as well as a nanotechnology summer camp for high school students Dr. Faltens' current projects include investigating the value added to education by incorporating simulations, creating pathways to introduce students to research opportunities in computational simulations, connecting with teaching faculty around the world to share ideas on how nanoHUB simulations and other educational resources can be used in their courses, and encouraging them to publish their own material on nanoHUB. 

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  • Tanya Faltens (2015), "Enhancing your Micro and Nano Technology Courses with Free nanoHUB Resources and Simulations," http://nanohub.org/resources/22324.

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