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Nanoscale Strength Measurements and Standards
Last Updated Date: 03/15/2013

To develop new mechanical test structures and methodologies based on microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) … more

Connecting Thermodynamic and Dynamic Properties of Bulk and Confined Fluids
Last Updated Date: 02/13/2013

It is well known that the physical properties of a fluid can change profoundly, and often non-trivially, when placed in a confined environment. … more

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Water and Energy
Last Updated Date: 02/06/2013

Objective We synthesize and characterize catalytic nanoparticles and nanoparticle-enhanced membranes for more efficient water treatment and … more

Assessing NP EHS
Last Updated Date: 02/02/2013

Due to their small size, nanoparticles can enter living organisms in previously unforeseen ways and their immense surface area results in higher … more

AFM-Based Nanomechanics
Last Updated Date: 01/31/2013

Local mechanical-property information is essential to evaluate emerging micro- and nanoscale materials, which many manufacturers would like to … more

Legacy Project - Fate of Nanoparticles in Neural Environments
Last Updated Date: 01/29/2013

Our goal is to develop an advanced in vitro system for nano-neurotoxicology that employs neural progenitor cells and tissue-engineering hydrogels. … more

Thin Film and Interconnect Reliability
Last Updated Date: 01/04/2013

This project, now concluded, developed methods to evaluate the reliability of thin films and interconnects in their as-manufactured states. Such … more

Manipulating the Position and Orientation of Nanoparticles using Feedback Control
Last Updated Date: 12/26/2012

To advance the development of miniaturized systems, there is a need to place nanostructured materials in very precise locations. Only then can … more

Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers
Last Updated Date: 12/26/2012

One of the major obstacles to incorporating nanotechnology into everyday products is the difficulty of making nanoscale structures inexpensively … more

Real-Time Tracking and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Individual Nanoparticles
Last Updated Date: 12/26/2012

The behavior and properties of macroscale objects are stable and predictable because they are the result of the average behavior of very large … more

Nanoparticle Tracking for Fluidic Self Assembly
Last Updated Date: 11/20/2012

One challenge of nanomanufacturing is to establish methods to assemble solution-based nanoparticles into organized structures with nanometer … more

Surface Characterization of Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

This work examines the surface chemistry of conjugated gold nanoparticles, where the molecular modifiers are linked to the gold NP via a … more

Chemical Characterization of Nanoparticles
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

The Chemical Sciences Division is helping to support nanotechnology research being conducted throughout NIST by developing and applying methods … more

Nanotube Quality Control
Last Updated Date: 11/13/2012

Our goal is to develop new methods to rapidly screen bulk carbon nanotubes for chemical purity and homogeneity. The different synthesis routes … more

Optical scattering from surfaces
Last Updated Date: 10/25/2012

We study how material properties, surface topography, and contaminants affect the distribution of light scattered from surfaces. Our aim is to … more

nanotubes
Scanning electron microscope image of typical titania nanotubes for a photocatalytic cell to produce hydrogen gas from water.
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