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Internet Education in Nanotechnology


Development of Interactive and Open Learning in Scanning Probe Microscopy and Nanotechnology

Tech Area / Field

  • INF-COM/High Performance Computing and Networking/Information and Communications
  • INS-MEA/Measuring Instruments/Instrumentation
  • PHY-SSP/Solid State Physics/Physics

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Moscow State University / Department of Chemistry, Russia, Moscow

Supporting institutes

  • Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre NAS of Belarus, Belarus, Minsk\nNational Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus / Institute of Molecular and Atomic Physics, Belarus, Minsk\nInstitute of Power Engineering Problems, Belarus, Minsk, Sosny


  • Universität Siegen / Labor für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Germany, Siegen\nScottish Crop Research Institute, UK, Dundee\nMax-Plank-Institut für Polymerforschung, Germany, Mainz

Project summary

The main aim of the project is to develop a program for the education of scientists in new branches of nanotechnology using Open Internet access (tutorials, multimedia presentations, image and bibliography databases, practical studies, online conferences, electronic journals etc).

Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and nanotechnology are the new interdisciplinary subjects of special interest in modern science and technology. SPM experimental data is presented in visual form allowing fast interpretation. SPM gives us a new look on the microworld and provides us with a powerful and flexible tool for nanotechnology. A variety of SPM techniques allows to study micromechanical, electrical, magnetic, topographical and other properties of surfaces in three dimensions at nanometer resolution. The practical applications of the SPM method have recently expanded to material and life sciences. Different scanning probe microscopes have become a unique instrument for visualization and modification of surfaces on atomic and molecular levels in different environments (vacuum, air, gases, liquids). Scanning probe microscopy has a huge new potential for fundamental research and practical studies in material science, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, and medicine.

It is essential that researchers who work with SPM have strong and profound background knowledge for practical and proper use of SPM techniques, rational interpretation of SPM data, and efficient use of nanotechnological methods. The main goal of the project is the development of an educational program on probe microscopy, nanotechnology and molecular diagnostics for research institutes, universities and colleges. The education will be based mainly on interactive and open technologies, which will be accessible and distributed via Internet. The special practical course will be based on real-time measurements using the first Internet-driven FemtoScan-001 microscope, developed by MSU group.

The educational program will include:

– an interactive tutorial – "Introduction to the SPM methods", which will be describing the main principles of scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy, near filed optical microscopy, magnetic force microscopy and related techniques;

– multimedia presentations on different topics in material and life sciences (polymer materials, biosensors, enterobacteria and living vaccines, nucleic acids, proteins and protein-membrane complexes, drug design, etc.);
– an open learning course, including Internet lectures, seminars and conferences on SPM instrumentation, experiments, theoretical models and rational SPM data interpretation;
– a hypertext database on SPM methods including more than 10,000 references on scientific papers.

Special emphasis will be done on material and life sciences.

The resulting educational program will be of interest to specialists in scientific centers who are trying to introduce new SPM methods in their practical work.


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