About Us

What is nanoHUB.org?

Welcome to nanoHUB! Founded in 2002, nanoHUB is an open and free online platform for computational education, research, and collaboration in nanotechnology, materials science, and related fields.

We host a growing collection of simulation tools that run in the cloud and are freely accessible through a web browser. In addition to these tools, nanoHUB is home to thousands of resources including teaching materials, courses, presentations, workshops, and more. These resources instruct users about our simulation tools as well as general nanoelectronics, materials science, photonics, data science, and other topics. For those who are new to nanoHUB, our Education Center is a great place to begin exploring.

Learn more about nanoHUB in the video, "nanoHUB in a Nutshell," with Dr. Gerhard Klimeck, nanoHUB director, as he discusses the growth of nanoHUB's cyberinfrastructure and the ways in which it impacts the classroom and the laboratory.

nanoHUB also offers researchers a venue to explore, collaborate, and publish content. Authors of content published on nanoHUB represent a broad and growing community. Their work impacts industry, education, and government organizations around the world, as shown by the animated user location map. We also have a detailed usage analysis available to view.

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.

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 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.

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-1227110) 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.