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It's a Trap! But That's Okay for Novel Light-Detecting Material
Release Date: 04/17/2015

Traps. Whether you’re squaring off against the Empire or trying to wring electricity out of sunlight, they’re almost never a good thing. But … more

New Imaging Technique Finds Formation of Aluminum Alloys to Blame for Next-Gen Battery Failures
Release Date: 03/03/2015

Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, and Sandia National Laboratories, … more

Double Vision: New NIST Technique Can See Nanoscale 'Tree' and Microscale 'Forest' Simultaneously
Release Date: 03/03/2015

A close-up view of an individual tree won’t tell you much about what’s going on in the forest, or even what’s going on in the tree’s upper … more

Autonomous Atom Assembly of Nanostructures using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope
Release Date: 02/13/2015

Automated assembly of individual cobalt atoms on an atomically flat copper surface into simple geometric shapes, a square, a triangle, and a … more

Flip Out! Noncommittal Material Could Make For Hypersensitive Magnetic Direction Detector
Release Date: 02/03/2015

While the mysterious, unseen forces magnets project are now (mostly) well-understood, they can still occasionally surprise us. For instance, thin … more

NIST Sensor Could Improve One of Nano Research’s Most Useful Microscopes
Release Date: 12/16/2014

Spotting molecule-sized features—common in computer circuits and nanoscale devices—may become both easier and more accurate with a sensor … more

Research in Images: Cutaway View of Nanoparticles in a Neural Cell
Release Date: 11/26/2014

click on image for full-size version NIST's Precision Imaging Facility (PIF) in Boulder, Colo., provides a variety of advanced tools for precisely … more

NIST Offers Electronics Industry Two Ways to Snoop on Self-Organizing Molecules
Release Date: 10/22/2014

A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes … more

Simultaneous Imaging of Ferromagnetic and Ferroelectric Domains
Release Date: 10/01/2014

SEMPA image of a 15 µm-diameter cobalt iron d more

NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast
Release Date: 07/21/2014

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? … more

CNST Releases the Winter/Spring 2014 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: 05/28/2014

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of The CNST News. … more

Don't Blink! NIST Studies Why Quantum Dots Suffer from 'Fluorescence Intermittency'
Release Date: 05/20/2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory, have found … more

This FIB Doesn’t Lie: New NIST Microscope Sees What Others Can’t
Release Date: 05/06/2014

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, when operated in their most typical high-energy … more

No Compromises: JILA's Short, Flexible, Reusable AFM Probe
Release Date: 04/08/2014

JILA researchers have engineered a short, flexible, reusable probe for the atomic force microscope (AFM) that enables state-of-the-art precision … more

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