A fantastic resource for any information pertaining to nanotechnology is nanoHUB.org. This website has information on just about everything nanotechnology and for this reason has proven valuable to researchers and students worldwide. Because there is so much on almost every one of its webpages, looking for something specific on nanoHUB.org can be very time consuming. This post serves as an introduction to using the available material nanoHUB.org to one’s advantage.
A Short Introduction to nanoHUB
While nanoHUB.org advertises itself as the primer place for computational nanotechnology research and collaboration, also on it are many resources that are handy for both educators and any student looking to groom themselves for a career in advanced materials and the semiconductor industry. On the site is a massive amount of simulations and presentation materials. nanoHUB users have the ability to access and use any of the simulation tools or hundreds of resources. Users can also to create new simulations or upload their (typically research oriented) work in a format that is easy to share electronically.
Over 400 Simulation Tools
Most nanoHUB simulations are open to the public and listed under “Tools” accessible from the “Resources” tab on the home screen (https://nanohub.org/resources/tools). Primarily these simulations illustrate the physics and behavior of materials at the nanoscale. I have used four of these simulations for class projects. Other graduate students I know have used nanoHUB tools to supplement their research in nanoelectronics. In my opinion, these tools are very useful for small simulations for class projects or to review a specific topic.
To access these tools, users need to log in. Anyone can sign up. To display these tools, users should make sure they have the latest version of java installed in their computer.
nanoHUB.org has a good group page devoted to education. Users looking for educational material should start by visiting it: https://nanohub.org/groups/education.
For anyone willing to sleuth through all the resources available, nanoHUB.org has the option to search its gigantic database of devoted Teaching Materials and Learning Modules. To find something on a specific topic, I strongly recommend using the “Search” function on the top right corner of the nanoHUB.org home page. Writing from personal experience, looking through any of the gigantic databases on this site for something specific is VERY time consuming.
For more focused, educational material, I recommend nanoHUB-U which contains self-paced courses on advanced topics pertinent to nanotechnology. Additionally, many nanoHUB users, including myself, have assembled collections of the resources we found most relevant to specific topics. Users may browse through these too.
Collecting, Collaborating, and Sharing
NanoHUB allows its users may collaborate online on devoted projects and form groups. Both features create devoted webpages. A project page includes space for its collaborators to create to-do lists, notes, and devoted “resources” and “publications” pages for references. Group pages are like miniature collaborative sites that have the option to create and manage multiple projects, along with an internal message board.
In my opinion, the easiest way to share content from nanoHUB.org is to create “collections” of resources available. nanoHUB.org has a feature that allows that which is similar to Pinterest. Accordingly, creating a collection is similar to creating a Pinterest board. These collections then can be shared externally by providing a link. As an example, here is one I made to share with several friends looking for nanotechnology related jobs.
For more information, visit https://nanohub.org/ and begin looking around.