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Optical Characterization of Advanced Thin Films
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

A wide range of technologies are impacted by the performance of thin (<100 nm) layers of advanced materials. This is particularly true in the … more

Broadband Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy of Thin Films
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) is a high sensitivity alternative to conventional Raman spectroscopy. Ultrafast lasers are used to … more

Characterization of 3D Photovoltaics
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

Our goal is to provide industry with test structures and models of next-generation photovoltaics, with an initial focus on cadmium telluride … more

COMPLETED: Polymers for Next-Generation Lithography
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

Our goal is to develop measurement methods with sufficiently high spatial resolution to uncover the materials limitations in the resolution of … more

COMPLETED: Templated Assembly of Block Copolymer Films
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

Our goal is to develop critical measurement solutions that enable nanomanufacturing with template guided block copolymer assembly for next … more

Computational Tool for Calculating Properties of Complex-Shaped Particles and Polymers
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

Many computational programs exist that are being used by industry for predicting properties of polymer composites, but their general predictive … more

Modeling Dispersion Rheology for Non-Spherical Particles
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

The flow of polymer composites via injection molding, spraying or spreading on surfaces is crucial to polymer composite manufacturing. For … more

Fluid Suspensions & Emulsions
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

Our primary interest is protein solution rheology and stability, involving bulk and interfacial properties and complemented by model solution … more

Fundamentals of Deformation
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

This project provides new measurement methods, property data and simulations for areas critical to US manufacturing, describing the mechanisms … more

Scientific Workflow
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

The ubiquity of computers has profoundly influenced science. Sophisticated software tools and easy access to high-performance computing promises … more

Semiconductor Nanowire Metrology: Electronics, Photonics, and Sensors
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

In this project, we are developing metrology needed for the synthesis, processing, and characterization of semiconductor nanowire structures to … more

Nanostructure Fabrication Processes
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

In this project we are developing in situ measurements relevant to the electrochemical fabrication, processing, and application of nanostructured … more

Pipeline Safety
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

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

Cryogenic Technologies Project
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

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

Cruciform Multiaxial Mechanical Testing
Last Updated Date: 04/16/2014

The cruciform mechanical test is widely used to measure the multiaxial deformation behavior of materials. Standardization of this technique would … more

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