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Collagen Films Protocol
Last Updated Date: 05/08/2013

Background: Collagen type 1 is the most prevalent extracellular protein in connective tissue, and is part of the family of collagens that are … more

Magnetic Nanostructures for Post-Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Electronics
Last Updated Date: 04/10/2013

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

Theory of Transport in Graphene
Last Updated Date: 03/21/2013

Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, is one of the most likely materials to produce the next breakthrough in the electronics industry.  Ideal … more

Xray Stress Measurement
Last Updated Date: 03/07/2013

Using X-ray diffraction techniques one can measure the full stress tensor just inside the surface of a sheet metal specimen under applied load.  … 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

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.

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

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

Chemical/Biochemical Microsensor Science
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

The Process Sensing Group at NIST is investigating a range of fundamental and technological issues related to next-generation chemical and … more

Next-Generation Metrology for Drug Delivery Systems
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

A critical metrology issue for pharmaceutical industries is the application of analytical techniques to the characterization of drug delivery … more

Evaluation of the Extent of Electron Scattering in a Low Vacuum Scanning Electron Microscope
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Low vacuum scanning electron microscopes utilize gas molecules in the specimen chamber to neutralize the specimen charging from the impinging … more

Coupling Nanowire Chemisresistors with MEMS Microhotplate Gas Sensing Platforms
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Recent advances in nanotechnology have yielded materials and structures that offer great potential for improving the sensitivity, selectivity, … more

Analysis of Copper Incorporation Into Zinc Oxide Nanowires
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

ZnO nanowires (NWs) are grown on bulk copper by chemical vapor deposition. Photoluminescence (PL) microscopy revealed band gap emission at 380 nm … more

Analysis of 3D Elemental Mapping Artifacts in Biological Specimens using Monte Carlo Simulation
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

We performed Monte Carlo simulation to demonstrate the feasibility of using the focused ion beam based X-ray microanalysis technique (FIB-EDS) for … more

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