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Purdue NCN Nabs Nanotech Grant

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue University has been awarded an $18.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant will focus on expanding "capabilities and services for computer simulations," according to the university.

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) launched five years ago with the mission of developing tools to advance desktop-based nanotechnology research.

"This additional funding will help us expand these sophisticated computational tools to researchers, educators and even industry," Mark Lundstrom, NCN director, told the university's news service. "With the help of our five partner universities, we are growing beyond our roots in nanoelectronics to new areas such as nanofluidics, nanomedicine, nanophotonics, and applications of nanoscience to the environment, energy, the life sciences, and homeland security."

NCN operates a free Internet portal called nanoHUB that provides tools for simulations, research, and teaching for K-12 and graduate/undergraduate instructors. NCN reported that over the last year, some 5,700 users have run more than 220,000 simulations using the tools available on the site.

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