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  1. Designing Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Materials

    08 Nov 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    This tutorial reviews recent strategies for designing high-ZT nanostructured materials, including superlattices, embedded quantum dots, and nanowire composites. The tutorial highlights the challenges inherent to coupled electronic and thermal transport properties.

  2. Designing Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Materials

    08 Nov 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    This tutorial reviews recent strategies for designing high-ZT nanostructured materials, including superlattices, embedded quantum dots, and nanowire composites. The tutorial highlights the challenges inherent to coupled electronic and thermal transport properties.

  3. A Primer on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)

    04 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ron Reifenberger

    Scanning Probe Microscopes and their remarkable ability to provide three-dimensional maps of surfaces at the nanometer length scale have arguably been the most important tool in establishing the world-wide emergence of Nanotechnology. In this talk, the fundamental ideas behind the first scanning...

  4. SPMW The Nanomechanics of compositional mapping in amplitude modulation AFM

    05 Jan 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ricardo Garcia

    Amplitude modulation atomic force microscopy (AM-AFM) has been very successful for imaging with high spatial resolution inorganic as well as soft materials such as polymers, living cells and single biomolecules in their natural environment [1]. The ability of AM-AFM to separate topography from...

  5. Materials strength: does size matter? nanoMATERIALS simulation toolkit tutorial

    01 Feb 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan

    Molecular dynamics (MD) is a powerful technique to characterize the fundamental, atomic-level processes that govern materials behavior and is playing an important role in our understanding of the new phenomena that arises in nanoscale and nanostructured materials and result in their unique...

  6. What Can the TEM Tell You About Your Nanomaterial?

    26 Feb 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Stach

    In this tutorial, I will present a brief overview of the ways that transmission electron microscopy can be used to characterize nanoscale materials. This tutorial will emphasize what TEM does well, as well where difficulties arise. In particular, I will discuss in an overview manner how...

  7. Solid-State Lighting: An Opportunity for Nanotechnologists to Address the Energy Challenge

    25 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    More than one-fifth of the electrical power consumed in the U.S. is used for general illumination. Much of this energy is wasted to heat filaments in incandescent lamps, a century-old technology with an efficiency of about 5%. Fluorescent lighting is more efficient, but problems of color...

  8. Introduction to X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and to XPS Applications

    17 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dmitry Zemlyanov

    X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), which is known as Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA), is a powerful research tool for the study of the surface of solids. The technique is widely used for studies of the properties of atoms, molecules, solids, and surfaces. The main success...

  9. First Principles-based Atomistic and Mesoscale Modeling of Materials

    01 Dec 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan

    This tutorial will describe some of the most powerful and widely used techniques for materials modeling including i) first principles quantum mechanics (QM), ii) large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and iii) mesoscale modeling, together with the strategies to bridge between them....

  10. Introduction to Nanometer Scale Science & Technology

    18 Jan 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam

    This seminar will provide an introductory overview for non-experts of the emerging field of nanometer scale science and technology. The following topics will be emphasized: (1) historical background and motivation for the study of nanometer scale phenomena; (2) strategies for controlling the...

  11. Nanomaterials: Quantum Dots, Nanowires and Nanotubes

    15 Jul 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    What is a quantum dot? What is a nanowire? What is a nanotube? Why are these interesting and what are their potential applications? How are they made? This presentation is intended to begin to answer these questions while introducing some fundamental concepts such as wave-particle duality,...

  12. Toward Improving the Precision of Nanoscale Force-Displacement Measurements

    13 Mar 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jason Clark

    Nanotechnology has great potential for being used to create better medicines, materials, and sensors. With increasing interest in nanotechnology to improve the quality of our lives, there has been an increasing use of nanoscience tools to measure force and displacement to understand nanoscale...

  13. Introduction to Quantum Dot Lab

    31 Mar 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Sunhee Lee, Hoon Ryu, Gerhard Klimeck

    The nanoHUB tool "Quantum Dot Lab" allows users to compute the quantum mechanical "particle in a box" problem for a variety of differentconfinement shapes, such as boxes, ellipsoids, disks, and pyramids. Users can explore, interactively, the energy spectrum and orbital shapes of new quantized...

  14. Electron and Ion Microscopies as Characterization Tools for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

    27 Feb 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Stach

    This tutorial presents a broad overview of the basic physical principles of techniques used in scanning electron microscopy (SEM), as well as their application to understanding processing/structure/property relationships in nanostructured materials. Special emphasis is placed on the capabilities...

  15. Quantum Dots

    21 Jul 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck

    Quantum Dots are man-made artificial atoms that confine electrons to a small space. As such, they have atomic-like behavior and enable the study of quantum mechanical effects on a length scale that is around 100 times larger than the pure atomic scale. Quantum dots offer application...

  16. Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials

    15 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher

    Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects ofnanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,recent work has shown that the electric field around a nanoscale fieldemission device can increase the average energy of emitted electrons. Weconsider here...

  17. Nano Carbon: From ballistic transistors to atomic drumheads

    14 May 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Paul L. McEuen

    Carbon takes many forms, from precious diamonds to lowly graphite. Surprisingly, it is the latter that is the most prized by nano physicists. Graphene, a single layer of graphite, can serve as an impenetrable membrane a single atom thick. Rolled up into a nanometer-diameter cylinder--a carbon...

  18. A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

    13 Feb 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark A. Ratner

    While the Greek root nano just means dwarf, the nanoscale has become a giant focus of contemporary science and technology. We will examine the fundamental issues underlying the excitement involved in nanoscale research - what, why and how. Specific topics include assembly, properties,...

  19. Atomic Force Microscopy

    01 Dec 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Arvind Raman

    Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is an indispensible tool in nano science for the fabrication, metrology, manipulation, and property characterization of nanostructures. This tutorial reviews some of the physics of the interaction forces between the nanoscale tip and sample, the dynamics of the...

  20. The Novel Nanostructures of Carbon

    28 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Gene Dresselhaus

    A brief review will be given of the physical underpinnings of carbon nanostructures that were developed over the past 60 years, starting with the electronic structure and physical properties of graphene and graphite, and then moving to graphite intercalation compounds which contained the first...

  21. Basics of Particle Adhesion

    21 May 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Stephen P. Beaudoin

    This presentation will describe the adhesion of rough, asymmetric particles with micro- to nano-scale dimension to solid surfaces. These adhesion processes are of great interest in microelectronics and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The presentation will include experimental and theoretical and...

  22. Introduction to VEDA: Virtual Environment for Dynamic AFM

    26 Sep 2007 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Arvind Raman

    This resource has become outdated and has been retired by agreement with the author. Please see the VEDA tool page and supporting documents for current information regarding the VEDA Tool.

    This learning module describes the motivation, theory, and features of VEDA- a Virtual...

  23. Introduction to VEDA: Virtual Environment for Dynamic AFM

    26 Sep 2007 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Arvind Raman

    This resource has become outdated and has been retired by agreement with the author. Please see the VEDA tool page and supporting documents for current information regarding the VEDA Tool.

    This learning module describes the motivation, theory, and features of VEDA- a Virtual...

  24. Running MD on the nanoHUB: The nano-MATERIALS Simulation Toolkit

    13 Nov 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan

    A quick demostration of the nanoHUB tool: nano-Materials Simulation Toolkit.

  25. Microstructural Design of Electrically Active Materials and Devices Through Computational Modeling: The OOF Project

    20 Jan 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): R. Edwin Garcí­a

    We present an overview of a public domain program, the Object Oriented Finite Element analysis (OOF), which predicts macroscopic behavior, starting from an image of the microstructure and ending with results from finite element calculations. The program reads an image (or a sequence of images)...

  26. Selective Silicon Epitaxy Seen at the Nanometer Scale

    14 Jun 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Matthew Mark Sztelle

    The presenter introduces NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems) and STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and continues to present material on Selective Silicon Epitaxy seen at the Nanometer ScaleMatthew M. Sztelle is a Research Assistant in the Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Group at the Beckman...

  27. Selected Properties of Carbon Nanostructures: from Exotic Fullerenes to Nanotubes

    30 Mar 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Manfred M. Kappes

    The talk presents results from ongoing projects in the field of carbonnanostructures: (i) Mass selected ion beam soft-landing has been usedto generate exotic fullerene materials comprising covalent linked,non-IPR cages. Apart from microscopic structure, we have studiedthermal and electronic...

  28. nano-Materials Simulation Toolkit Quick Demo

    18 Oct 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Alejandro Strachan

    Demonstraton of the nanoHUB tool "nano-Materials Simulation Toolkit."

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