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Novel Coatings Show Great Promise as Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and … more

Armchair Science: DNA Strands That Select Nanotubes Are First Step to a Practical ‘Quantum Wire’
Release Date: 08/02/2011

DNA, a molecule famous for storing the genetic blueprints for all living things, can do other things as well. In a new paper,* researchers at the … more

Piece of Cake: Arrays of Long Nanotubes May Help Measure Terahertz Laser Power
Release Date: 07/19/2011

Terahertz radiation can penetrate numerous materials—plastic, clothing, paper and some biological tissues—making it an attractive candidate for … more

Nanomechanics: New Test Measures Key Properties of Polymer Thin Films and Membranes
Release Date: 07/19/2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated* a measurement technique that reliably determines three … more

Graphene: What Can Go Wrong? New Studies Point to Wrinkles, Process Contaminants
Release Date: 07/06/2011

Using a combination of sophisticated computer modeling and advanced materials analysis techniques at synchrotron laboratories, a research team led … more

Key Ingredient: Change in Material Boosts Prospects of Ultrafast Single-photon Detector
Release Date: 06/30/2011

By swapping one superconducting material for another, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found a … more

Nanowire-based Sensors Offer Improved Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds
Release Date: 06/21/2011

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), George Mason University and the University of Maryland has … more

Branch Offices: New Family of Gold-Based Nanoparticles Could Serve as Biomedical 'Testbed'
Release Date: 06/21/2011

Gold nanoparticles are becoming the … well … gold standard for medical-use nanoparticles. A new paper* by researchers from the National Institute … more

NIST 'Catch and Release' Program Could Improve Nanoparticle Safety Assessment
Release Date: 06/07/2011

Depending on whom you ask, nanoparticles are, potentially, either one of the most promising or the most perilous creations of science. These tiny … more

Defect in Graphene May Present Bouquet of Possibilities
Release Date: 05/24/2011

Flower-like defects in graphene can occur during the fabrication process. The NIST team captured images of one of the defects (figures a and c) … more

NIST 'Nanowire' Measurements Could Improve Computer Memory
Release Date: 05/18/2011

In this schematic image (top) and transmission electron micrograph, a silicon nanowire is shown surrounded by a stack of thin layers of material … more

Good Eggs: NIST Nanomagnets Offer Food for Thought About Computer Memories
Release Date: 04/26/2011

Magnetics researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) colored lots of eggs recently. Bunnies and children might find … more

Two Graphene Layers May Be Better Than One
Release Date: 04/26/2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shown that the electronic properties of two layers of graphene vary … more

Understanding How Glasses 'Relax' Provides Some Relief for Manufacturers
Release Date: 04/26/2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Wesleyan University have used computer simulations to gain basic … more

Getting the Point: Real-Time Monitoring of Atomic-Microscope Probes Adjusts for Wear
Release Date: 03/30/2011

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a way to measure the wear and degradation of the … more

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