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Robert J. Celotta

Robert Celotta is the current and founding Director of NIST’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He received his B.S. in Physics from the City College of New York, and his Ph.D. in Physics from New York University. Following postdoctoral studies with Nobel Laureate John Hall at JILA in Boulder, Colorado, Robert joined the staff at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. During his career at NIST, he was a long-time Leader of the Electron Physics Group, during which time he became a NIST Fellow. Robert has over 250 publications, has given more than 350 presentations, and has been issued four patents in the fields nanotechnology, surface and multilayer magnetism, spin polarized electron interactions, scanning tunneling microscopy, and nanostructure fabrication. He also co-edited Experimental Methods in the Physical Sciences, a series of over 20 books on experimental physics. Robert has received the American Vacuum Society’s Gaede-Langmuir Prize, New York University’s Alumni Achievement Award, the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, two IR-100 Awards, NIST’s Edward Uhler Condon Award, NIST’s William P. Slichter Award, the Department of Commerce’s Silver and Gold medals, the Maryland Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Young Scientist Award, and the Washington Academy of Sciences’ Outstanding and Distinguished Career in Science Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Vacuum Society, and the Washington Academy of Sciences.


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B.S. Physics - City College of New York

Ph.D. Physics - New York University


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