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NIST Hosts Two International Materials Research Meetings in June
Release Date: 06/02/2009

For the materials research community, all roads will lead to the Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters of the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Study Finds a Decade of High-Payoff, High-Throughput Research
Release Date: 05/20/2009

In its first decade of work, a research effort at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop novel and improved … more

Vise Squad: Putting the Squeeze on a Crystal Leads to Novel Electronics
Release Date: 05/05/2009

A clever materials science technique that uses a silicon crystal as a sort of nanoscale vise to squeeze another crystal into a more useful shape … more

Senator Gillibrand Visits Brookhaven National Laboratory
Release Date: 05/04/2009

U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand paid a first-time visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). On April 17, 2009 she was accompanied … more

Discovery of an Unexpected Boost for Solar Water-Splitting Cells
Release Date: 04/21/2009

Scanning electron microscope image of typical titania nanotubes for a photocatalytic cell to produce hydrogen gas from water. Nanotubes average … more

Nano Changes Rise to Macro Importance in a Key Electronics Material
Release Date: 04/07/2009

By combining the results of a number of powerful techniques for studying material structure at the nanoscale, a team of researchers from the … more

New Reference Material Supports Improved Quality Control for Polymers Industry
Release Date: 03/10/2009

NIST polymer reference materials (a variety of polyethelene materials are shown) are used in the calibration and performance evaluation of … more

Probing and Controlling ‘Molecular Rattling’ May Mean Better Preservatives
Release Date: 02/24/2009

Preservatives like sugar surround and protect complex molecules (foreground), but varying degrees of movement within the preservative - symbolized … more

Probing and Controlling ‘Molecular Rattling’ May Mean Better Preservatives
Release Date: 02/24/2009

For centuries, people have preserved fruit by mixing it with sugar, making thick jams that last for months without spoiling. Now scientists at the … more

Toothsome Research: Deducing the Diet of a Prehistoric Hominid
Release Date: 02/10/2009

In an unusual intersection of materials science and anthropology, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and … more

“How To” Guide for AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Release Date: 02/09/2009

MSEL recently published a book chapter on making quantitative nanomechanical measurements using atomic force microscopy (AFM). This practical … more

New Modeling Approach for Electromigration Reliability
Release Date: 02/09/2009

MSEL researchers, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, recently applied a new reliability modeling approach, peridynamics, to the … more

Taking the Stress Out of Magnetic Field Detection
Release Date: 01/27/2009

Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images show sections of a continuous 400-nanometer-thick magnetic film of a nickle-iron-copper-molybdenum … more

Insights into Polymer Film Instability Could Aid High Tech Industries
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Crystallization (left) occurs as polymers harden into thin films, which are used widely in electronics technology. But when dewetting (right) also … more

'Two-Faced' Bioacids Put a New Face on Carbon Nanotube Self-Assembly
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Single wall carbon nanotubes enclosed in bile acid shells self assembled into a sheaf of long ordered fibrils each composed of several nanotube … more

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