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Using nanoHUB in Research and Education

Title: Using nanoHUB in Research and Education
Event Date: 8/30/2019 - 8/30/2019
Event Time: 9 a.m.
Event End: Noon

CALIT2 Building, Seminar Room 3008


Continental breakfast provided. RSVP required.


Agenda: is a virtual nanotechnology user facility that supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative.’s highly successful cyber-infrastructure for theory, modeling, simulation and education serves over 1.4 million researchers, educators, students and professionals annually. This powerful platform provides a collaborative environment through its group and project functionalities and is an established venue for deployment of scientific codes that allow developers to quickly and easily publish their existing code with a user-friendly graphical user interface. nanoHUB has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation since 2002 to serve the nanotechnology community.

This presentation and hands-on workshop will introduce you to nanoHUB’s simulation tools and educational resources, which include research seminars, short courses on cutting-edge topics such as nanoelectronics, nanophotonic modeling and rechargeable batteries, full courses on a variety of science and engineering topics, and simulation-powered tutorials. Currently, nanoHUB provides a library of more than 5,500 resources, with more than 550 simulation tools.

A key feature of nanoHUB’s simulation tools is that they run in the cloud; they do not require local installation. In addition to the traditional Rappture-based nanoHUB simulation tools, Jupyter notebooks are now securely installed in nanoHUB and can access a large number of installed mathematical and graphical packages. Significantly, Jupyter notebooks can call the Rappture-based tools as a service and can be used to create end-to-end scientific workflows.

The workshop will also cover the process for publishing simulation tools and other resources in nanoHUB.  Both the Web of Science and Google Scholar list nanoHUB simulation tools as proper publications, giving credit to the tool authors. nanoHUB’s impact is reflected by 2,180+ citations and over 30,900 secondary citations to nanoHUB in the scientific literature, yielding an h-index of 82.


Tanya Faltens, Ph.D.
Educational Content Creation Manager
Network for Computational Nanotechnology
Purdue University

Tanya Faltens is the educational content creation manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), which created the open-access cyber-platform.  Her technical background is in materials science and engineering (Ph.D. UCLA 2002).  Faltens taught materials engineering courses for six years at Cal Poly Pomona, and introduced nanoHUB simulation tools to her students during that time. Now at Purdue University, she works with faculty and students who create and use simulation tools, and with engineering education researchers who are investigating the effective use of simulations in the classroom.