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Robert Rudnitsky

Robert Rudnitsky is the Scientific Advisor for CNST. Robert received a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University, where he was a Hertz Fellow. At Stanford, his research was at the intersection of biotechnology and nanotechnology. He fabricated nanoscale sensors to detect the single molecule binding forces of cellular adhesion proteins common to animals and plants. 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 research experience in biophysics, biotechnology, cellular mechanics, biomaterials, microfluidics, MEMS, and sensors. As Scientific Advisor, Robert provides scientific, policy, and operational support to the CNST.



  • Human health risks of engineered nanomaterials: Critical knowledge gaps in nanomaterials risk assessment, 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, edited by I. Linkov and J. Steevens (2009), p. 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).
  • E-cadherin extra-cellular domain interaction examined by atomic force microscopy, R. G. Rudnitsky, F. Drees, W. J. Nelson, and T. W. Kenny, Biophysical Journal 82, 55A–55A (2002).
  • 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
Center Office


B.A. Political Science - Yale University

M.S. Applied Physics - Stanford University

Ph.D. Applied Physics - Stanford University


Phone: 301-975-4699