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Eric K. Lin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Dr. Lin's research interests are focused on the physics of polymer thin films, polymers at interfaces, and complex fluids. Research topics include fundamental problems that impact the development of technologies such as nanoporous low-k dielectric thin films, next-generation photoresists for nanofabrication, and organic electronics. His expertise lies in the application of x-ray and neutron scattering measurement methods, statistical mechanics, and polymer physics.

Brief Biography

Eric Lin is Chief of the Materials Science and Engineering Division in the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University in 1991 (summa cum laude) and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford in 1992 and 1996, respectively, all in chemical engineering. 

Eric joined the NIST (in the former Polymers Division) as an NRC-NIST postdoctoral associate in 1996, and joined the permanent staff in 1998. In 2002, he became the Leader of the Electronics Group, where he established world class research programs in semiconductor electronics processing, nanoscale materials, and organic electronics. In 2012, he became Chief of Materials Science and Engineering Division, formed by the merger of the Polymers and the Metallurgy Divisions. 

Eric's honors include the NIST Bronze and Silver Medals, the NIST Slichter Awards twice, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and a participant in the National Academy of Science Kavli Frontiers of Science program. He is active in activities of professional organizations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2010)
  • NIST William P. Slichter Award (2007)
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal (2006)
  • National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science (2006)
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering (2002)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2002)
  • NIST Slichter Award (2001, 2007)
  • NIST Bronze Medal (2001)
  • NRC-NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-1998)
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship (1992-1996)
  • David S. Wu Graduate Fellowship (1991)
  • Xerox Prize - Senior Thesis (1991)
  • National Merit Scholar (1987-1991)
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Materials Science and Engineering Division

Employment History:

2012-present: Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division, NIST

2007-2012: Chief, Polymers Division, NIST

2002-2007: Leader, Electronics Materials Group, NIST

1998-2002: Chemical Engineer, Polymers Division, NIST

1996-1998: NRC-NIST Postdoctoral Fellow, Polymers Division, NIST


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1996

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1992

B.S.E., summa cum laude, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1991


Phone: 301-975-6400
Email: eric.lin@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4553