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Shirley Turner

Shirley graduated from the University of Rochester in 1975 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Geology.  She obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University where she was involved primarily in the characterization of manganese oxide minerals by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).  She was a postdoctoral associate at the Smithsonian Institution where she was involved in powder and single-crystal x-ray diffraction studies.

Shirley worked in the Surface and Microanalysis Science Division as a Physical Scientist from 1986-2006 and was involved in many projects including development of a proficiency testing program to evaluate laboratories involved in asbestos analysis by TEM, development of Standard Reference Materials for asbestos, SiGe and zeolites and characterization of nanoparticles.  Shirley is presently a Guest Researcher in the division and has been involved in work on asbestos, explosives and nanoparticles.  Ongoing interests include characterization of morphology, defects and intergrowths of materials.



Guest Researcher
Surface and Microanalysis Science
Microanalysis Research Group


1982, Arizona State University, Ph.D, Geology
1978, Arizona State University, M.S, Geology
1975, University of Rochester, B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Geology


Phone: 301-975-3923
Email: shirley.turner@nist.gov
Fax: 301-417-1321