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Activated Carbon and FGD Gypsum Standard Reference Materials
Last Updated Date: 03/19/2015

New Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) consisting of activated carbon sorbent materials and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum are being … more

Potential Primary Measurement Tool for the Quantification of DNA
Last Updated Date: 03/19/2015

The accurate mass determination of DNA and other nucleic acids is of critical importance in many clinical diagnoses and in forensic and molecular … more

Support of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 – Lead in Paint on Toys
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

After enactment of the CPSIA, a collaboration was established between the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and NIST for the purpose of … more

Measurements and Standards for Contaminants in Biological (Human) Materials
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

For the past 25 years NIST has developed a number of biological fluid and tissue Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) primarily for clinically … more

Chemical Characterization of Nanoparticles
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

The Chemical Sciences Division is helping to support nanotechnology research being conducted throughout NIST by developing and applying methods for … more

CCQM Activities in the Inorganic Analysis Working Group and the Electrochemical Analysis Working Group
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

NIST maintains an active role in these two CCQM working groups, participating in international key comparisons and pilot studies, organizing new … more

Determinations of Boron Deposit Quality by Neutron Depth Profiling
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

Straw detectors are a new concept in position-sensitive neutron detectors recently developed by Proportion Technology Inc. The detectors are … more

A New SRM for Better Beryllium Safety
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

Beryllium exposure poses a significant health risk, and a new SRM has been developed to enhance beryllium safety in the workplace. SRM 1877 … more

Theoretical Mass Spectrometry
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

Mass spectrometry is an important technique in analytical chemistry, essential in areas including drug development, criminal and agricultural … more

Explosives Decomposition Chemistry
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

High-energy materials are commonly used as military explosives and as advanced propellants. The detailed chemical reactions responsible for … more

Regenerative Medicine
Last Updated Date: 03/17/2015

Our goal is to develop advanced measurement tools and standards for measuring scaffold properties and their impact on biological response.  

Connecting Thermodynamic and Dynamic Properties of Bulk and Confined Fluids
Last Updated Date: 03/16/2015

It is well known that the physical properties of a fluid can change profoundly, and often non-trivially, when placed in a confined environment. … more

Fundamental Chemical Metrology
Last Updated Date: 03/16/2015

The Chemical Sciences Division serves as the Nation’s reference laboratory for chemical compositional measurements and standards to enhance U.S. … more

Isotopes as Environmental Tracers in Archived Biological Specimens
Last Updated Date: 03/16/2015

There is increasing interest in the analytical and environmental communities in using mercury isotopic fingerprinting to identify source patterns … more

Monitoring Contaminants in the Arctic and Subarctic Using Banked Seabird Eggs
Last Updated Date: 03/16/2015

In 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS-AMNWR), the U.S. Geological Survey Biological … more

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