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Fundamental Chemical Metrology
Last Updated Date: 03/02/2015

The Chemical Sciences Division serves as the Nation’s reference laboratory for chemical compositional measurements and standards to enhance U.S. … more

Nanomagnetic Imaging
Last Updated Date: 02/25/2015

The microscopic arrangement of the magnetic structure within a thin metal film plays a fundamental role in many technological applications ranging … more

Theory of Spin Transfer Torque
Last Updated Date: 02/23/2015

The working of countless electronic devices involves electric and magnetic effects interacting within nanostructured materials. In the phenomenon … more

Nanomagnet Dynamics
Last Updated Date: 02/18/2015

We develop methods and facilities for measuring magnetization dynamics in magnetic nanostructures with a particular emphasis on the emerging needs … more

Fluid Suspensions & Emulsions
Last Updated Date: 02/06/2015

We are trying to help take colloidal rheology understanding beyond uniformly charged spheres to particles with more complex interactions, through … more

Validation of Density Functional Theory for Materials
Last Updated Date: 02/03/2015

Density functional theory (DFT) is the workhorse of modern quantum mechanics calculations of molecular and periodic structures. Countless studies … more

Magnetic Nanostructures for Post-Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Electronics
Last Updated Date: 01/30/2015

Just as integrated electronic circuits continue to pack on more and ever tinier components, so magnetic technologies for data storage and other … more

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Water and Energy
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Objective We synthesize and characterize catalytic nanoparticles and nanoparticle-enhanced membranes for more efficient water treatment and … more

Cryogenic Technologies Project
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

The mission of the Cryogenic Technologies Project at NIST is to conduct research in cryogenics, working with industry and other government … more

Bridge Safety
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Our goal is to guide improvement in construction codes for both rehabilitated and new structures. Destructive and nondestructive data will allow … more

Resonating Platforms for Nanomaterial Analysis
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Our goal is to develop quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) instrumentation and advanced oscillators with enhanced sensitivity to … more

Microsystems for Harsh Environment Testing
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Our goal is to develop and demonstrate a MEMS-based methodology for evaluating time-dependent mechanical properties of materials that undergo … more

Pipeline Safety
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Our goal is to provide standard test methods and critical data to the pipeline industry to improve safety and reliability. Of particular interest … more

Nanotube Quality Control
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Our goal is to develop new methods to rapidly screen bulk carbon nanotubes for chemical purity and homogeneity. The different synthesis routes … more

AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Last Updated Date: 01/28/2015

Local mechanical-property information is essential to evaluate emerging micro- and nanoscale materials, which many manufacturers would like to … more

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