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Evaluation of Oleoresin Capsicum (Pepper Spray) Canisters for Chemical Content and Reliability
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

Aerosol sprays containing oleoresin capsicum, an extract of hot peppers, have been widely used by law enforcement agencies to subdue … more

Metrology and Standards for Canine Olfactory Detection of Explosives
Last Updated Date: 11/15/2012

As part of a multi-year interagency agreement between the Office of Standards of the Department of Homeland Security and NIST, NIST is developing … more

Development of NIST Standard Reference Materials for Trace Explosives Detection
Last Updated Date: 11/15/2012

As part of a multiyear interagency agreement between NIST and the Office of Standards of the Department of Homeland Security, NIST is developing a … 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

Determination of Traces of Fissionable Materials Using Delayed Neutron Activation Analysis
Last Updated Date: 11/15/2012

Detecting clandestine fissile material like 235 U and 239 Pu is technically challenging in the lab or in the field because it emits little … 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

Proficiency Test Results
Last Updated Date: 10/22/2012

Proficiency Test (PT) results are available at no cost to customers who have tested SRMs 2092, 2096, and 2098.   A PT result serves as a means to … more

Protective Systems Research Program
Last Updated Date: 10/17/2012

The Protective Systems Research (PSR) program conducts and coordinates research and provides technical services to address standards needs for … more

Polymer Microspheres By Annular Co-Flow Extrusion
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Well characterized test materials are essential for validating the performance of trace explosive detection systems. Particle size, chemical … more

Rapid Isotopic Screening
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

We have exploited the built-in functionality of a secondary ion mass spectrometer to provide the capability to screen the enrichment levels of a … more

Trace Narcotics Detection
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

A large suite of illicit drug samples were analyzed using IMS to evaluate the selectivity and sensitivity of the technique. The sample suite … more

Public Safety and Security in Analytical Microscopy Group
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Reliable standards are needed to test, maintain, and improve the effectiveness of trace detectors that protect the public, commerce, and … more

Inkjet Gravimetry
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Gravimetric and optical methods were developed to assure quantitative deposition of compounds from nano-dispense devices onto the surfaces of … more

Measurement Standards in Analytical Microscopy Group
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

The use of standards is considered a critical component in the assurance of analytical quality, allowing reliable measures of detection limits, … more

Complex Fluid Analysis with the Advanced Distillation Curve Approach
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

Complex fluids may be defined as mixtures in which there are many components, and in which the components span a range of physical and chemical … more

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