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Robert Rudnitsky

Robert Rudnitsky is the Scientific Advisor for CNST.  Robert has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University, where he was a Hertz Fellow.  At Stanford, he investigated single molecule binding force detection of cellular adhesion proteins using nanofabricated sensors.  Prior to coming to NIST in September of 2009, Robert worked as a Physicist with the U.S. State Department in the Office of Space and Advanced Technology, where he chaired the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Global Issues in Nanotechnology Working Group, which coordinates United States Government international activities related to nanotechnology.  While at State, he was also elected to chair the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Nanotechnology.  Robert has experience in MEMS, microfluidics, biophysics, cellular mechanics, biomaterials, and sensors.  As a Scientific Advisor, Robert provides scientific, policy, and operational support to the CNST.



  • Human Health Risks of Engineered Nanomaterials,  A. Elder, I. Lynch, K. Grieger, S. Chan-Remillard, A. Gatti, H. Gnewuch, E. Kenawy, R. Korenstein, T. Kuhlbusch, F. Linker, S. Matias, N. Monteiro-Riviere, V. R. S. Pinto, R. Rudnitsky, K. Savolainen, and A. Shvedova, in Nanomaterials: Risks and Benefits, I. Linkov and J. Steevens, Eds., (Springer, 2009, pp. 3-29).
  • Fundamental Noise in MEMS Force Sensors, T. W. Kenny, Y. Liang., B. L Pruitt., J. A. Harley, M. Bartsch, and R. Rudnitsky, in Noise and Information in Nanoelectronics, Sensors, and Standards II, J. M. Smulko, Y. Blanter, M. I. Dykman, and L. B. Kish, Eds., Proceedings of the SPIE 5472, 143-151 (2004).
  • Rapid Biochemical Detection and Differentiation with Magnetic Force Microscope Cantilever Arrays, R. G. Rudnitsky, E. M. Chow, and T. W. Kenny, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 83, 256-262 (2000).
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Scientific Advisor
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B.A. Political Science - Yale University

M.S. Applied Physics - Stanford University

Ph.D. Applied Physics - Stanford University


Phone: 301-975-4699