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Jay H. Hendricks

A world-class expert in low pressure and vacuum metrology, Dr. Hendricks currently leads the activities of the NIST Thermodynamic Metrology Group. Jay received his M.A. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.S. in chemistry from Penn State University. In 1996, he started his career at NIST as a post-doctoral fellow conducting research on a novel low-temperature CVD that resulted in a US patent.

Jay has over 25 years of vacuum science and technology experience and has worked on many aspects of vacuum technology and metrology. He is team lead of a 5-year Innovation in Measurement Science project aimed at re-inventing the realization and dissemination of pressure, temperature, and length through the use of optical Fabry-Perot interferometer cavities. The research has resulted in a patent application, 8 publications, 4 invited talks and aims to fundamentally change the way pressure and temperature and length measurements and standards are be realized and disseminated with high potential for technology transfer to the private sector. His current research interests focus on development novel photonic methods for realizing traditional vacuum gauging and temperature metrology, dynamic measurements, and extreme vacuum production and measurement.

Dr. Hendricks has authored over 50 papers on vacuum science/ technology/ surface chemistry/ ion-beam laser spectroscopy. He has presented invited papers at both domestic and international vacuum symposia, and has been a seminar instructor for the Measurement Science Conference six times over the past 10 years. He is regularly sought out as invited/ key-note speaker (8 times over the past 5 years). Recent awards include the being named a Fellow of the AVS for exceptional contributions to vacuum science, developing new and revolutionary vacuum standards and methods, and mentorship to early career scientists and engineers and the NIST French Award for development of a new NIST calibration service.

Dr. Hendricks has demonstrated leadership and chairs national and international vacuum standards meetings and symposia. He is an active member of the CCM Pressure and Vacuum working group piloting international key comparison, AVS-Mid Atlantic Chapter Executive Committee, where he organizes annual chapter meeting at NIST for the past 5 years, he is active on the ISO TC112 Vacuum Standards Committee where he reviews documents and standards, and has just been named Chair-Elect of the IMEKO TC-16, an international technical committee for pressure and vacuum metrology. His leadership is nationally and internationally recognized is sought out on a variety of vacuum standards meetings and symposia program committees. Most prominently, he is the Chair of the Vacuum Science and Technology Division of IUVSTA (International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique and Application) an organization representing nearly 15,000 physicists, chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and technologists who are linked through their common use of vacuum. He currently has active leadership roles in the AVS (American Vacuum Society), and IVC (International Vacuum Congress), and EVC (European Vacuum Congress) program planning committees.

Jay Hendricks


Acting Group Leader
Sensor Science Division
Thermodynamic Metrology Group

Phone: 301-975-4836