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David Simons

David Simons is a research physicist in the Analytical Microscopy Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He received his undergraduate education at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Illinois. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois he served as a chemist in the mass spectrometry group at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, New York for three years before moving to the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in 1979. During his career Dr. Simons has specialized in the applications of secondary ion mass spectrometry to microelectronics and to nuclear materials. He currently serves as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency and to the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. He has received the Department of Commerce Bronze and Silver Medal Awards, and shared the NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Technical Achievement Award and the NIST Judson C. French Award for contributions to quantification in secondary ion mass spectrometry and for leading the development of ion-implanted reference materials for the semiconductor industry. He is a Fellow of AVS-The Science and Technology Society and serves as the co-chair of the AVS Topical Conferences on Quantitative Surface Analysis.

David Simons


Surface and Microanalysis Science
Analytical Microscopy Group

Employment History:

1973-1976 - Spectrochemistry Group, Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

1976-1979 - Mass Spectrometry Unit, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Schenectady, NY (Lead Chemist)

1979-Present - Analytical Microscopy Group, Surface and Microanalysis Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, (Physicist 1979-1994, Group Leader 1994-2001, Physicist 2001-Present)


B. S. (Physics) Carnegie-Mellon University 1967

M. S. (Physics) University of Illinois 1970

Ph.D. (Physics) University of Illinois 1973 Dissertation: Resistivity and Specific Heat Measurements Near Phase Transitions in Metals


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