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Dr. Cherno Jaye

Research Interests

Synchrotron optics, synchrotron instrumentation, combinatorial characterization methods for determining materials chemistry, structure and function relationships. Surface and Interface Science, Nanotribology (the study of friction at the nanoscale), Low Temperature Nanotransport.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Poster Award, Joint NSLS-CFN Users Meeting, 2008
  • Physics Department Ambassador, NCSU, 2004- 2006
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 1999
  • All-American Scholar, 1999
  • Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society Inductee, 1999
  • Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society Inductee, 1999
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1998-1999
  • Outstanding Physics Student Honoree, 1998-1999
  • Outstanding Physics Student Honoree, 1996-1997


NIST Associate
Synchrotron Methods Group

Employment History:

June 2007- Present: NIST Research Associate, NIST Synchrotron Characterization Methods Group @ Brookhaven National Laboratory
June 2006- 2007: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Physics, Hunter College of CUNY c/o Brookhaven National Laboratory
May 2001- June 2006: Research Assistant, Nanotribology, North Carolina State University   
2001-2006: Physics and Mathematics Instructor Shaw/EPA Research Apprenticeship Program
2001- 2001: Teaching Assistant, Physics, North Carolina State University
1999-2000: Teaching Assistant, Physics, Ohio University
1997-1999: Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry Tutor and Mentor, Shaw University Math, Science and Engineering Mentorship Program, Dr. K. P. Satagopan


Ph. D., Physics, North Carolina State University, 2006
M.S., Physics, Ohio University, 2001
B.S., Physics, Shaw University, 1999


Phone: 301-975-6179
Fax: 301-975-5334