Kate Klein is a materials research engineer with the Surface and Microanalysis Science Division at NIST. Kate received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN). Her dissertation work, conducted mainly at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials including vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs), catalytic alloy nanoparticles, and tungsten nanowires. More specifically Kate studied the effects of growth parameters on the resulting nanostructure properties as characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and x-ray and electron spectroscopy. Kate also had the opportunity at the CNMS user facility to get involved with several collaborative research projects related to the application of VACNFs in devices and biological systems. She has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications including three review articles. Kate is now a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow at NIST where she is actively developing in situ analytical electron microscopy techniques for nanoparticle characterization in wet environments relevant to toxicology studies.
Materials Research Engineer
2009 - Present: NRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Surface and Microanalysis Science Division, NIST
2009 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering (Concentration in Nanomaterials), University of Tennessee