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Led by Purdue University, researchers from a six-university collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation began developing nanoHUB in 1998. <more>
Now based at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s  Discovery Park , is an NSF science gateway and portal that enables the creators of specialized nanotechnology-related simulations to make them available to other researchers and educators. nanoHUB makes available scientific simulations, seminars, interactive courses and other specialized nanotech-related materials. In March 2010, more than 100,000 users utilized nanoHUB. To access nanoHUB, please go to:<hide>

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According to the US National Nanotechnology Initiative, "Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at this length scale". Nanotechnology covers a vast landscape of research areas in an effort to create breakthrough technological solutions to the most important problems facing humanity today.

The Purdue-Colombia Institute for Advanced Scientific Research is accelerating Colombia's vision of using its mega-biodiversity and vast agricultural and energy resources for sustainable, value-added products. For this cooperative program Nanotechnology is broadly defined by: (i) Nanocomposites; (ii) Nanomaterials; (iii) Forest product nanotechnology; (iv) Nanoagrotechnology; (v) Nanobiotechnology; (vi) Nanomedicine; (vii) Nanoelectronics; (viii) Nanophotonics.

Colombia has elevated Nanotechnology to being a key priority area for the country and has invested in the creation of the Center of Excellence in Novel Materials (CENM). Purdue researchers have already established contacts and relations with researchers at CENM and attended the international conference NANOCIENCIA held in Barranquilla, in October 2010. The Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research is providing a strong foundation for cutting-edge nanotechnology research throughout the Americas.