This site was created and is maintained by Kurt Kolasinski in the Department of Chemistry at West Chester University. It contains links to a variety of sites that pertain to education in surface science, catalysis, nanoscience, chemistry and physics.

Educational Courses
    From theThe North American Catalysis Society (NACS)

American Vacuum Society Education & Outreach
    AVS short courses provide training for technicians, scientists, and engineers under three broad categories:

Applied Vacuum Technology - Offer broad overviews of vacuum systems and technology as well as concentrated courses on a single subject.

Surface Analysis & Materials Characterization - Cover a variety of materials, materials issues, and approaches to characterization. 

Materials, Thin Films, & Coatings: Processing & Properties - Discuss specific topical areas and issues concerning the processing and properties of thin films and coatings.

International Courses on Catalysis in Europe
    As collected by the European Federation of Catalyst Societies

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Chemistry & Physics Educational Sites

ACS Division of Chemical Education
    The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED) is a membership Division of the American Chemical Society. It consists of people who teach chemistry in high schools, colleges, and universities. It also includes people in industry, government, etc. who have a particular interest in chemical education.

American Association of Physics Teachers
    AAPT was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the "dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching." The Association currently has over 11,000 members in 30 countries around the world.

Ammonia: The Next Step
    Chemical engineering information about ammonia synthesis.

An Introduction to Surface Chemistry
    Written by Dr. Roger Nix , School of Biological & Chemical Sciences

A Short History of Vacuum Terminology and Technology
    Provided by McAllister Technical Services, manufacturers of surface analytical instruments and devices

BASF Catalysis
    BASF Catalysts, headquartered in New Jersey, is a global division of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. In June 2006, BASF made the largest acquisition in its 143 year history, acquiring Engelhard Corporatio, one of the forerunners in the industrial use of precious metals. Engelhard was one of the revered names in catalysis, famous for, among other things, the invention of the catalytic converter

Build Your Own STM
    Instructions on doing just that. In English, German and Russian.

Chemical Industry Education Centre
    CIEC promotes science teaching in primary and secondary schools in the context of industry in the 21st century.

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis Education Program
    The educational mission of CEBC is to provide graduate and undergraduate participants with an unparalleled research experience enriched in topics related to environmentally beneficial engineering and chemistry. These future leaders will be prepared to effectively disseminate related engineering and science concepts to university students, industrial researchers and the public.

Chemical Kinetics: Catalysis
    Copyright 1998 James A. Plambeck (

Chemistry Teaching Resources
    Created by Knut Irgum - Maintained by Svante Åberg
This is an attempt to present a comprehensive list of chemistry teaching resources on the Internet.
You are invited to submit pages for indexing, as well as to correct errors you may find in the links.

ChemSpy is a convenient tool for Professionals, scientists as well as Students to speed up their chemistry search on the world wide web. We provide a number of useful services for free.

CMIRT at West Chester University
    General information and links regarding electron microscopy and it applications

    To create and sustain a network of collections that provides learning resources and interactive learning environments and positively influences physics and astronomy students and their teachers in both individual and collaborative settings.

DOE K-12 Instructional Resources
     The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to helping educate our nation's next generation of scientists. The following resources help teachers integrate the Internet into K-12 classroom instruction.

Element Database
    Here is some information on the elements. You can view them in periodic table form or list them by name , symbol or atomic number .

Evans Analytical Group Tutorials in Materials Characterization and Surface Analysis

    The museum of science, art and human perception.

Exploring the Nanoworld
    Come enter the nanoworld, the world of atoms! The objective of this website is to introduce you to the tools that let us "see" atoms, manipulate them, and create nano-architectural wonders. Investigate the frontiers of the nanoworld by learning how materials are customized to create everything from atomic trampolines to DNA to ferrofluids to semiconductors that give off blue light!

Fischer-Tropsch Archive
    Purpose: There is a large body of documents from the 1920's through the 1970's which are important for researching the history and development of the Fischer-Tropsch and related processes. The purpose of this site is to make these documents available in electronic media.

Frank Potter's Science Gems
    Great links to Great Science Resources. For students, parents, teachers, scientists, engineers and mathematicians.More than 14,000 Science Resources sorted by Category, Subcategory, and Grade Level

Heterogeneous Catalysis at

History of Catalysis
    From the North American Catalysis Society

History of Heterogeneous Catalysis
    Full acknowledgement goes to the author: Professor Per Stoltze. His web site contains more information than this although these extracts deal directly with catalysis.

    Scholarly internet resource collection.

Introduction to Nanoscience
    by Prof. Vicki Colvin, Rice University and Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Nanoscience is a growing field of research in chemistry, physics and biology with sweeping implications for new technologies. The Colvin Group presents this Introduction for those wishing to learn more about this exciting field in which we and our colleagues here at Rice University are actively researching.

Outreach Program of the Center for Nanoscience in Bio & Environmental Engineering
    by From Prof. Vicki Colvin, Rice University

Johnson Matthey: Catalysis & Chemicals Division
The Catalysts & Chemicals Division consists of 3 separate business units. Johnson Matthey's Catalytic Systems business, including autocatalyst, the Fuel Cell business which manufactures fuel cell catalysts and catalysed components and the Chemicals business comprising PGM refining, process catalysts and fine and research chemicals. Together these represent Johnson Matthey's core specialty chemicals businesses, an area that has for many years been the company's largest business segment.

Learnnet from the RSC
    LearnNet is for the use of teachers and students of chemistry at all levels. The network provides access to products and information relevant to the study of chemistry. Many resources are available free only on LearnNet.
    The entries are classified by experts in chemistry teaching to ensure that the best interests of the users are attended to at all times. LearnNet is an approved content provider for the UK's National Grid for Learning and Curriculum Online.

Lecture Notes on Surfaces & Thin Films
    © Arizona Board of Regents for Arizona State University and John A. Venables
These lecture notes by John A. Venables, originated in conjunction with lectures given at ASU in Spring 1996, and at EPFL in Fall 1997, and have been reused, and in many cases updated, since then. They have been used as a first draft of a graduate teaching text Introduction to Surface and Thin Film Processes which has been published in August 2000, and can be ordered now! This text is open to the web, in the sense that it may be updated from these pages, and incorporate your comments, questions and student projects. Some additional linked material is given in the Sussex QMMS course , which was presented in Fall 1999.

Martindale's: The Reference Desk

    Die neue Informationskampagne zur Nanotechnologie des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung "nanoTruck - Hightech aus dem Nanokosmos" holt die Querschnittstechnologie aus den Laboren der Wissenschaft und bringt sie direkt zu den Menschen. Ziel der Kampagne ist es, die Öffentlichkeit frühzeitg über die Chancen und potenziellen Risiken der Nanotechnologie zu informieren, ihre Ideen zu fördern und neue Perspektiven für einen erfolgreichen Berufsweg in einem ebenso spannenden wie aussichtsreichen Technologiefeld aufzuzeigen.

North American Catalysis Society (NACS) Education Information

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National Science Teachers Association

Nanoscience Education
    Nanoscience Instruments is dedicated to education. With the rapid growth in nanoscience and nanotechnology, we recognize the importance of teaching and instruction. We hope these resources offer assistance in the disseminating such information.

    A brief introduction to the core concepts of molecular nanotechnology, followed by links to further reading.

Nanotechnology Now
    Nanotechnology Portal with basics, news, and general information.
Covering the Nanospace and reporting on disruptive technologies such as MEMS, Quantum Computing, Nanomedicine, Nanoelectronics, Nanotubes, Self Assembly, Nanoscale Materials, & Molecular Biology.

Nanotechnology Database from the NSF
    This site is designed to present up-to-date sources of information on nanotechnology in the following areas: major research centers, funding agencies, major reports and books. Each component has been carefully reviewed and selected. This site is expected to grow with the continued support and updates from those organizations and individuals working in the field. The summaries which appear were taken directly from each of their respective sites.

Nanotube Site
   Maybe the most significant spin-off product of fullerene research, leading to the discovery of the C60 "buckyball" by the 1996 Nobel Prize laureates Robert F. Curl, Harold W. Kroto and Richard E. Smalley, are nanotubes based on carbon or other elements. These systems consist of graphitic sheets seamlessly wrapped to cylinders. With only a few nano-meters in diameter, yet (presently) up to a milli-meter long, the length-to-width aspect ratio is extremely high. A truly molecular nature is unprecedented for macroscopic devices of this size. Accordingly, the number of both specialized and large-scale applications is growing constantly.
    The primary purpose of The Nanotube Site is to facilitate the exchange of ideas among researchers by concentrating links to sites dedicated to nanotubes. One of the benefits is to provide an easier (or better structured) electronic access to bibliographical information and preprints. Information about providers of nanotubes is intended to increase the production volume and find new applications for nanotubes.
    The Nanotube Site is maintained regularly by David Tomanek , work and travel schedule permitting. Help would be appreciated.

NIST Chemistry WebBook
    The NIST Chemistry WebBook provides users with easy access to chemical and physical property data for chemical species through the internet. The data provided in the site are from collections maintained by the NIST Standard Reference Data Program and outside contributors. Data in the WebBook system are organized by chemical species. The WebBook system allows users to search for chemical species by various means. Once the desired species has been identified, the system will display data for the species.

NCLT - National Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering
    NCLT was established in October 2004 as a national center for learning and teaching of nanoscale science and engineering education.

National Nanotechnology Initiative Education Center

Numerical Recipies

Nobel e-Museum
    The Official Web Site of The Nobel Foundation

Optics Notes
    An Index of Optics & Photonics Tutorials, References, & Resources

Physics Web (
    Use our search technology to match your question, age and knowledge profile to the handpicked and refereed physics web sites.

Physics Resource Guide
    The following guide is highly selective, and includes some of the most useful reference sources for researching topics in physics. All the materials listed below can be found in the reference area of the Kline Science Library unless otherwise noted. Other useful reference materials in physics are published by agencies and departments of the federal government (e.g. NASA, NBS/NIST, etc.)

Physikportal der DPG
    Alles über Physik von der Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft

Science of Spectroscopy
    A NASA sponsored sited about all aspects of spectroscopy.

Software for Surface Science Studies
    The purpose of this list is to provide information about sources of software for surface science : data acquisition, analysis etc. Please feel free to e-mail new additions and corrections to

Quantum & Catalysis Software from Accelrys
    Materials Studio offers validated leading edge quantum mechanical and semi-empirical simulation methods, often developed in collaboration with leading academic researchers. Quantum tools are extremely accurate, allowing you to supplement or replace experimental results with computed ones, saving time and expenses. In addition, the methods provide insight into processes at the atomic level, allowing you to understand why and how a process occurs the way it does.

Sources of Practical Information
    The purpose of this list is to provide links and references for information of a practical nature. Please feel free to e-mail new additions and corrections to

STM Image Galleries

Surface Explorer
    Visualizer of bulk-terminated crystalline surface structures by F. Hammer and K. Hermann

Surface Structures
    By M.A. Van Hove at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the University of California

Surface Science Databases
    The purpose of this list is to provide information about databases providing material relevant to surface science research. Please feel free to e-mail new additions and corrections to

Surface Science Techniques

Surface Science Tutorials

Surface Science WebLists
    The purpose of this list is to provide information about other compilations of surface science oriented links. Please feel free to e-mail new additions and corrections to

Teaching Resources in Surface Science
    The purpose of this list is to provide information about sources of software appropriate for teaching surface science at an undergraduate or graduate level. Please feel free to e-mail new additions and corrections to

Veeco NanoTheatre
    The NanoTheatre is a collection of images taken with Digital Instruments powerful Scanning Probe Microscopes (including AFM, STM, MFM and other probe microscopies) which enable scientists and engineers to image and explore nanoscale features and structures never seen before.

WWW Chemistry Guide
     A collection of links for chemists and researchers involved in organic, biochemical, computational, medicinal and/or other chemistry research. We are annotating only really high quality sites, and aren't aiming at a large directory

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