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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

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
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
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?
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
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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