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This report summarizes work done as part of Rice University's VIGRE program. VIGRE is a program of Vertically Integrated Grants for Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences under the direction of the National Science Foundation. A PFUG is a group of Postdocs, Faculty, Undergraduates and Graduate students formed round the study of a common problem. This module describes a LaTeX template that PFUGs can use to draft research reports that can be readily imported into Connexions.


Connexions allows one to import content directly from LaTeX files. This document provides a template to helpVIGRE research groups at Rice University draft documents that can be readily converted from LaTeX into Connexions.

Purpose of this template

The present template is designed to provide very rudimentary guidance on how to write LaTeX source that can easily beconverted into Connexions. Here we use only one add-on packages, graphicx, which we use to include graphics. A number of additional packages are also supported; seehttp://www-sop.inria.fr/apics/tralics/packages.html .Given the importance of citing one's sources in research work, we also include bibliography references in this file.

This small document makes no effort to teach basic LaTeX skills. Many resources are available for this,such as the fundamental book by Lamport  . Donald Knuth, the author of the underlying TeX program,provides a treasure-trove of information not only about the technical aspects of TeX, but also about good mathematicaltypesetting style  .

General instructions for conversion

Connexions provides online instructions that guide you through the process of uploading your LaTeX source files. At present, you mustuse the Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers to properly view and edit Connexions content.To upload files, you will also need to create your own Connexions account; see http://cnx.org/join_formfor details.

To convert your LaTeX document, you first need to create a .zip file that contains your .texsource files, your .bibfile if you have a bibliography, and any image files you include in your document.Note: the names of your LaTeX source file and zip file must have the same stem. For example, foo.texshould be packaged into foo.zip .Now log-in to Connexions, go to your Workspace, create a new module with MathML support, and fill-in the basic“Metadata,” such as the title and summary. (The top of this LaTeX template contains some a basic text for the Summary: please copy, paste,and manually edit this text in the Summary box.) Finally, you arrive at the “Edit Text” window, with options toimport from various file formats. Choose “LaTeX”, and then select the .zipfile that contains your source files. Connexions commences with the conversion procedure, and in a few momentsyou should be presented with a translated version of your LaTeX document, in a format that allows for further editsdirectly in Connexions. You should proof-read the conversion to make sure all textand equations appear as you intended. When satisfied, you can preview and publish your document.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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