nanoHUB Press Kit

About nanoHUB and NCN


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The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), which operates nanoHUB, was established in 2002 and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). 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.

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General overview of
nanoHUB and NCN

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nanoHUB / NCN accomplishments

  • Built a scientific research and education community serving more than 1.6 million users annually.
  • Added resources to the nanoHUB platform now totaling more than 6,500, over 600 are of which are nano simulation codes, or "apps". Other types include teaching materials, video presentations, datasets, and courses on nanotechnology and related topics.
  • Created and extended the innovative Rappture technology that allows researchers to create graphic user interfaces for their simulation code which can then be uploaded to the cyberplatform, shared with the community, and cited in other scientific research work.
  • Incorporated support for Jupyter notebooks: web-based documents that combine text with graphs and live code. These notebooks are compatible with several different programming languages and provide users access to extensive supercomputing resources and simple ways to invoke Rappture tools that already exist in nanoHUB.
  • Enabled the New Era Electronic Devices and Systems (NEEDS) research node and the nanoBIO research node at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Recently partnered with a Nanomanufacturing (nanoMFG) node at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Engineered nanoBIO (nanoBIO) node at Indiana University, as well as five Advanced Technology Education (ATE) centers across the United States: NACK, SHINE, SCME, Nano-Link, and NEATEC. All of NCN’s partners have contributed new content to nanoHUB.
  • Hosted dozens of undergraduate students as part of NCN’s Undergraduate Research Experience Program, including women and traditionally underrepresented minorities.
  • Tracked scientific journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, and articles that cite nanoHUB simulation tools and resources. These citations now number more than 2,300.

More about nanoHUB / NCN


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  • Carbon nanotube animation generated
    with CNTBands tool on nanoHUB

  • Quantum dot 3D wavefunction animation


  • Quantum dot simulation

  • Magnitude and directions of strain forces
    on the surface of a dome-shaped
    quantum dot - rendered with iNEMO5

  • Icewater molecules between two
    graphene sheets - rendered with iNEMO5

  • nanoHUB "Boot Camp" coding
    workshop in 2018

  • 3D potential profile in nanowire animation

  • nanoHUB workshop for educators
    in Houston, Texas

  • Animation of ethene normal modes rendered with the ORCA tool

  • Worldwide nanoHUB activity over a 24-hour period - animated GIF

  • nanoHUB usage map 1 - still image

  • nanoHUB usage map 2 - still image

  • NCN-URE (Undergraduate Research
    Experience) poster session

  • nanoHUB citations map - NCN citations
    vs. non-NCN citations

  • Jupyter notebooks running a simulation
    inside nanoHUB