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Explosives Decomposition Chemistry

High-energy materials are commonly used as military explosives and as advanced propellants. The detailed chemical reactions responsible for detonation

Illicit Narcotics Detection

NIST is measuring the trace chemical signatures and quantities of trace residues and background levels that contaminate surfaces associated with the concealment

Ion Mobility Spectrometry

Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is widely used for national security and law enforcement, placed at key transportation checkpoints such as airports and border

Living Yeast Cell Reference Material

Confidence in total or viable microbial cell counting methods is lacking, due in part to a dearth of relevant reference materials. NIST is developing a living

Measurement Standards

The use of standards is considered a critical component in the assurance of analytical quality, allowing reliable measures of detection limits, accuracy, and

Nanocalorimetry Measurements

Nanocalorimetry provides a capability to measure the thermal properties of very small samples and at very fast rates. Materials and interfaces of interest

Nature of the Threat

We use a variety of measurement tools to gain a full understanding of current drug and explosive threats. Particle size, chemical composition, morphology

Trace Contraband Detection

Screening of people and their belongings including luggage, vehicles, and packages for the presence of trace residues of explosives and narcotics (trace

Vapor Sampling in the Field

We develop and deploy portable vapor sampling instruments to collect detailed chemical information in the field, in sampling situations where the laboratory is