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New Reference Material Supports Improved Quality Control for Polymers Industry
Release Date: 03/10/2009

NIST polymer reference materials (a variety of polyethelene materials are shown) are used in the calibration and performance evaluation of … more

Probing and Controlling ‘Molecular Rattling’ May Mean Better Preservatives
Release Date: 02/24/2009

Preservatives like sugar surround and protect complex molecules (foreground), but varying degrees of movement within the preservative - symbolized … more

Insights into Polymer Film Instability Could Aid High Tech Industries
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Crystallization (left) occurs as polymers harden into thin films, which are used widely in electronics technology. But when dewetting (right) also … more

New Process Creates 3-D Nanostructures with Magnetic Materials
Release Date: 06/24/2008

Materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a process to build complex, three-dimensional … more

Microwave Synthesis Connects With the (Quantum) Dots
Release Date: 06/10/2008

Materials researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a simplified, low-cost process for producing … more

Copolymers Block Out New Approaches to Microelectronics at NIST
Release Date: 03/18/2008

In response to the electronics industry’s rallying cry of “smaller and faster,” the next breakthroughs in the electronics size barrier are likely … more

Joint Research: Probing the Mysteries of a Surprisingly Tough Hydrogel
Release Date: 03/18/2008

Some 46 million people suffer from arthritis in the United States alone. The worst cases require painful surgeries to drill holes in and reinforce … more

Shear Ingenuity: Tweaking the Conductivity of Nanotube Composites
Release Date: 02/05/2008

One of the immediate applications of carbon nanotubes (CNT) is as an additive to polymers to create electrically conducting plastics—a relatively … more

Videos Extract Mechanical Properties of Liquid-Gel Interfaces
Release Date: 01/23/2008

Blood coursing through vessels, lubricated cartilage sliding against joints, ink jets splashing on paper—living and nonliving things abound with … more

NIST Team Develops Novel Method for Nanostructured Polymer Thin Films
Release Date: 09/13/2007

All researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wanted was a simple, quick method for making thin films of block … more

Soft Materials Buckle Up for Measurement
Release Date: 06/22/2006

NIST researchers developed a new high-speed method for measuring the stiffness of soft-polymer materials like those used in contact lenses. The … more

Mass Spectrometry Methods Database Gets Major Update
Release Date: 05/25/2006

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently added 150 new methods—nicknamed "recipes"—to a database already … more

Stable Polymer Nanotubes May Have a Biotech Future
Release Date: 02/02/2006

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created polymer nanotubes that are unusually long (about 1 … more

A New Structural View of Organic Electronic Devices
Release Date: 09/09/2005

Although still in the qualifying rounds, U.S. researchers are helping manufacturers win the race to develop low-cost ways to commercialize a … more

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