About the Group
nanoHUB.org is the premier open and free platform for computational research, education, and collaboration in nanotechnology, materials science, and related fields. It hosts a rapidly growing collection of simulation tools, online presentations, nanoHUB-U short courses, animations, teaching materials, and more. Our site offers researchers a venue to explore, collaborate, and publish content as well. Many of these collaborative efforts occur via workspaces, user groups, and projects.
Authors 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.
The National Science Foundation has been funding the project since 2002 and we report annually to the NSF and peer reviewers on the impact nanoHUB has. These impact metrics have shaped and continue to shape the services nanoHUB provides.
nanoHUB can be fundamentally viewed as a knowledge, tool, and data-sharing platform. The sharing and utility can be viewed along several vectors.
Research → Research
This impact vector enables knowledge transfer from research to another set of researchers who utilize tools. This could involve different disciplines or specialties:
- computational science → experimentalists
- device engineers → circuit designers
- collaborations of theorists and experimentalists
Research → Education and Training
This impact vector enables knowledge transfer from research to a very different class of users: those involved in education and training.
- Curriculum innovation in structured education (courses at universities)
- Self-study, self-paced learning
- Training on specific software technologies or theoretical approaches
Singleton Results → Broad Usage
(a) nanoHUB user map 2016. Red dots=content users. Yellow dots=simulation users. Green dots=authors citing nanoHUB. (b) U.S. enlarged. (c) nanoHUB interactive tool sessions and results.