National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

Computational Nanotechnology

If you are doing research at the nanoscale and you are looking to learn or use new simulation tools in your work, you have come to the right place.

In addition to experimental resources for nanotechnology, NNIN offers support for computational nanotechnology at four of its sites--Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and the University of Michigan.
Within the computational nanotechnology area, our mission focuses on advancing nanoscale research by providing consulting, workshops, and a wide range of simulation tools and computational hardware for NNIN users.  Above all, we want your research to succeed.  As a NNIN/C user, you can have access to high performance computing facilities at Harvard, Cornell, Michigan, and Stanford that come with key simulation tools already installed and optimized.  We provide simulation resources in density functional theory, molecular dynamics, photonics, multiphysics, and nanoscale electrostatics.

Computational nanotechnology is of increasing importance; many experimentalists, however, do not even know where to start to pick the right computational code for their problem.  Computational nanotechnology is highly specialized; considerable scientific insight is required to assure that the computational methods being used are appropriate for the problem at hand. We work hard to eliminate the steep learning curve associated with these approaches through a hands-on approach that involves tutorials, workshops, and most importantly contact with domain experts at the different sites.  These consultants can help you determine the best approach to use for a research project and also warn of potential pitfalls.  For many users, this allows them to spend less time learning the code and more time doing research.  For more experience users who are looking to develop new approaches or codes, we offer modern compilers, GPU nodes, and access to a wide range of scientific libraries.

So if you are interested in learning more or getting an account, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


Note: Most sites support Computer Aided Design for pattern design and a variety of tools for pattern processing, mask making, and proximity correction, for example.  While critical to nanofabrication, those are not included in this section. This section deals with the support for calculation of physical and chemical properties of nanostructures.