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Materials Measurement Science Division


 Secretary Priztker visiting a lab

Secretary Pritzker tours the NIST Trace Contraband Detection laboratory with Acting Deputy Secretary and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. Greg Gillen, leader of the NIST Analytical Microscopy Group, explains how the laboratory helps law enforcement agencies protect the public and enforce the law by developing improved methods and standards for trace detection of drugs and explosives.


We make the measurements that help product designers and manufacturers—and consumers—realize the full promise of new materials. While we work on all length and time scales, we have particular expertise in methods that allow us to "see" at the micro- and nanoscales. In some cases, the materials we work with are so unique that our scientists are the first in the world to develop new ways of determining their composition, structure and properties. We provide reference materials, standards and scientific data to foster innovation and advance a wide range of technologies, such as those for public safety, forensics, homeland security and nanomanufacturing.