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AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Last Updated Date: 01/31/2013

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

Thin Film and Interconnect Reliability
Last Updated Date: 01/04/2013

This project, now concluded, developed methods to evaluate the reliability of thin films and interconnects in their as-manufactured states. Such … more

Instrumented Bioreactors
Last Updated Date: 12/17/2012

Our goal is to develop novel bioreactors that combine mechanical stimulation with integrated sensing to enable real-time optimization of the … more

Measurements and Standards for Thermoelectric Materials
Last Updated Date: 12/12/2012

Our goal is to develop standard reference materials (SRMs), measurement methodologies, and comprehensive data sets (Seebeck coefficient, … more

Ultraviolet Photoemission Electron Microscopy
Last Updated Date: 11/19/2012

Ultraviolet photoemission electron microscopy is used to study the field emission of chromium oxide coated carbon nanosheets.

Advanced Materials Characterization
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

The Chemical Sciences Division supports the characterization of new, diverse, and technological critical materials. The constant evolution of … more

Fusion Wall Development Research by Neutron Depth Profiling
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

In an inertial fusion energy (IFE) reactor, the plasma-facing surface of the chamber, the first wall, is subjected to high doses of light ions and … more

A New SRM for Better Beryllium Safety
Last Updated Date: 11/15/2012

Beryllium exposure poses a significant health risk, and a new SRM has been developed to enhance beryllium safety in the workplace. SRM 1877 … more

Bridge Safety
Last Updated Date: 11/13/2012

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

Nanotube Quality Control
Last Updated Date: 11/13/2012

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

Fundamental Chemical Metrology
Last Updated Date: 10/22/2012

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

Control of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Nanoscale Manipulation of Fluids and Materials
Last Updated Date: 10/12/2012

Scientists and engineers currently have a growing library of synthetic microscale and nanoscale swimmers which affect the hydrodynamics of their … more

Diffraction Metrology and Standards
Last Updated Date: 10/09/2012

Our objective is the development of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and quantitative, reproducible, and accurate measurement methods for … more

Thin Film X-Ray Reflectometry
Last Updated Date: 10/09/2012

Our goal is to develop Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and quantitative, reproducible X-ray reflectometry (XRR) data analysis methods to … more

Thermodynamic & Kinetic Data for Sustainable Energy
Last Updated Date: 10/05/2012

Industry needs thermodynamic and kinetic data for the development of new materials for sustainable energy applications; expanded and new databases … more

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