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What is nanoHUB.org?

nanoHUB in a Nutshell: Delivering New Paradigms in Education and Research

Gerhard Klimeck, NCN Director, discusses the growth of nanoHUB's cyberinfrastructure as well as the ways in which it impacts the classroom and the laboratory.

nanoHUB.org is the premier open and free platform for computational research, education, and collaboration in nanotechnology, materials science, and related fields. Our site hosts a rapidly growing collection of simulation tools that run in the cloud and are accessible through a web browser. In addition, nanoHUB provides online presentations, nanoHUB-U short courses, animations, teaching materials, and more. These resources instruct users about our simulation tools as well as general nanoelectronics, materials science, photonics, data science, and other topics. A good starting page for those new to nanoHUB is the Education page.

Our site offers researchers a venue to explore, collaborate, and publish content as well. Many of these collaborative efforts occur via workspacesuser groups, and projectsUncertainty Quantification (UQ) is now automatically available for most nanoHUB tools and adds powerful analytical and predictive capabilities for researchers.

World User MapAuthors of content published on nanoHUB.org represent a broad and growing cross-section of the nanotechnology community. Their work impacts industry, education, and governmental organizations around the world, as shown by the animated user location map. The majority of nanoHUB users are affiliated with academic institutions, while other individuals are part of government and industry groups. nanoHUB makes a detailed usage analysis for the site publically available with a degree of transparency uncommon among other sites.

As of 2020, over 3,500 contributors from 172 countries have added more than 6,500 published resources to nanoHUB. Nearly 600 of those resources are nano simulation codes, or "apps". nanoHUB also publishes more than 100 courses, including more than a dozen short courses on cutting-edge topics in the nanoHUB-U format.

nanoHUB content has been cited over 2,400 times in the scientific literature. These papers collectively have an h-index of 102, and the majority of them are by authors not affiliated with the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, the project that produces nanoHUB. Through automated assessment of user behavior, we have identified over 1,500 clusters at 185 institutions, involving over 29,910 unique participants using nanoHUB tools in the classroom.

nanoHUB's annual uptime regularly exceeds 99 percent.

About the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)

NCN was established in 2002 and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). nanoHUB.org--a cyber-community for theory, modeling, and simulation--advances that initiative and now serves over 1.6 million visitors (annually) including  researchers, educators, students, and professionals. NCN seeks to: 1) engage an ever-growing and more diverse cyber-community that shares novel, high-quality research and educational resources to spark new modes of discovery, innovation, learning, and engagement, 2) accelerate the transformation of nanoscience to nanotechnology through a tight linkage of simulation to experiment, 3) develop open-source software, and 4) inspire and educate the next workforce generation.

NCN guides and funds improvements to the open-source, Purdue University's HUBzero® platform that powers nanoHUB.org. The NCN education and outreach team conducts workshops to train a broad spectrum of nanoHUB users ranging from lecturers at MSIs, HHEs, and HBCUs, to undergraduate and graduate software developers. NCN's impact is assessed by an extensive, multi-faceted effort including automatic data gathering using nanoHUB.

What is nanoHUB's Mission and Vision?

Our mission is to accelerate innovation through user-centric science and engineering. Our vision is to make science and engineering products usable, discoverable, reproducible and easy to create for learners, educators, researchers, and business professionals.

Join nanoHUB.org

Get an overview of nanoHUB.org and see how you can use it to further your own research and educational activities. --> Create your own account; it is free and will give you access to online simulation tools, presentations, and other content on nanoHUB. You can publish on nanoHUB, as well, by uploading your own presentations and simulation tools. Collaborate with others by asking a question in our community forum and through utilizing the expertise of our global nanotechnology community. 

Primary Funding Support

NCN operates nanoHUB.org through funding provided by NSF. We received a five-year grant (EEC-0228390) for 2002-2007. This grant was renewed for another five years under a cooperative agreement (EEC-0634750). An associated National Middleware Initiative (NMI) NSF grant (OCI-0438246) for 2004-2007, along with a subsequent Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI) NSF grant (OCI-0721680) for 2007-2010, has provided middleware developed and used on nanoHUB.org. Enhancements to simulation results delivery were developed under the NSF grant (OCI-0944665) "Instant-On Simulation Delivery: Helping TeraGrid Achieve Its Wide and Open Strategic Goals." An associated NSF grant (OCI-0749140) entitled "Accelerating Nano-scale Transistor Innovation though Petascale Simulation" enabled us to develop OMEN for peta-scale computing as well as for immediate nanoHUB applications.  In 2012, NCN was awarded a new grant (EEC-1227020) from NSF for 2012-2017 to continue to operate and develop the cyber platform nanoHUB. That award has since been renewed and runs from December 1, 2018 through November 30, 2023.