$14.5M for nanoHUB will keep technology pipeline flowing

As of October 2019, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Purdue University $14.5 million to renew funding for another five years for nanoHUB/Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) – a unique, global cyber-community for simulation, research, collaboration, teaching, learning, and publishing.

This is the third such grant provided to Purdue by the NSF since 2002, when the foundation supplied an initial five-year, $10.5 grant to launch the NCN. In 2013, the NSF allocated more funding, a five-year, $14.5M grant to expand this already widely used online science and engineering gateway.

Led by Gerhard Klimeck, director and professor of electrical and computer engineering, the internet-based nanoHUB serves 1.4M+ visitors annually and has a pipeline brimming with technology innovations. In the final five years of funding, Klimeck’s team will further develop technology in simulation, data, user-analytics, and machine learning, and will drive nanoHUB toward sustainability.

According to nanoHUB.org, the site “hosts a rapidly growing collection of simulation tools for nanoscale phenomena that run in the cloud and are accessible through a web browser. In addition to simulations, nanoHUB provides online presentations, cutting-edge nanoHUB-U short courses, animations, teaching materials, and more.”

The resources provided help researchers explore, collaborate, and publish content via workspaces, user groups, and projects.  Authors’ content published on nanoHUB.org represents a broad and growing cross-section of the nanotechnology community. “Their work impacts industry, education, and governmental organizations around the world,” the site states. Content from nanoHUB has been cited more than 2,200 times in scientific literature.