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Looking Inside: Assessing the Chemical Composition of a Metal-Organic Framework with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: 03/11/2014

Mixed-linker metal–organic frameworks were characterized using photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), a novel technique that combines the lateral … more

JILA Physicists Discover 'Quantum Droplet' in Semiconductor
Release Date: 02/26/2014

JILA physicists used an ultrafast laser and help from German theorists to discover a new semiconductor quasiparticle—a handful of smaller … more

Shape-Sifting: NIST Categorizes Bio Scaffolds by Characteristic Cell Shapes
Release Date: 02/07/2014

Getting in the right shape might be just as important in a biology lab as a gym. Shape is thought to play an important role in the effectiveness … more

Researchers Develop Framework for Understanding Current-Switched Magnetic Devices
Release Date: 02/05/2014

An international collaboration led by researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has made significant progress … more

Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics. Be Nice to Know How They Work.
Release Date: 01/29/2014

Piezoelectrics—materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again—are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives. Loud … more

NIST Cell Membrane Model Studied as Future Diagnostic Tool
Release Date: 01/29/2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and in Lithuania have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a … more

MML Researcher R. Joseph Kline Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Release Date: 01/15/2014

Material Measurement Laboratory researcher R. Joseph Kline was recently named among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for … more

NIST Analysis Helps the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Pinpoint Root Cause of Pressure Vessel Failure
Release Date: 01/07/2014

  In 2009, a violent rupture of a 50-foot pressure vessel used to produce synthetic crystals at the NDK Crystal facility in Belvidere, Illinois … more

31,558,149,764 Milliseconds in Review: NIST in 2013
Release Date: 12/17/2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft … more

New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time
Release Date: 12/17/2013

Exposed to intense ultraviolet light and high temperatures, samples of epoxy containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes deteriorated. Exposure tended … more

Welcome Guests: Added Molecules Allow Metal-Organic Frameworks to Conduct Electricity
Release Date: 12/05/2013

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Sandia National Laboratories have added something new to a family of … more

$25 Million NIST Award Represents Major Milestone for the Materials Genome Initiative
Release Date: 12/03/2013

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today an award of $25 million over five years to a Chicago-based … more

NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research to Advance Manufacturing and Innovation
Release Date: 12/03/2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has selected a consortium led by Northwestern University to … more

Researchers from U.S. and Korea Collaborate on Graphene Research
Release Date: 11/07/2013

Thermopower image of epitaxial graphene. The three distinct indexed regions correspond to (l) monolayer graphene, (ll) bilayer graphene, and (lll) … more

Perfect Faults: A Self-Correcting Crystal May Unleash the Next Generation of Advanced Communications
Release Date: 11/05/2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined with an international team to engineer and measure a … more

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