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Chemical Sciences Division

Nearly every aspect of our high quality of life—the health care that brings us into the world, the food, vitamins, and medicines that sustain us, and the consumer products we enjoy and rely upon—depends on chemistry.

We provide the measurement science, standards, technology, and data that help members of industry, other government agencies, and academia make still more progress in the chemical sciences, from assessing human health with diagnostic tests to determining the nutritional value of food and supplements, from setting emissions standards to assessing the climate.

News and Updates


NIST Food Safety Workshop

Mon, Oct 28 - Thu, Oct 31 2019
NIST has extensive experience in preparation and characterization of reference materials and providing measurement

Projects and Programs

Plastic Pollution Measurement Science

While plastics have yielded immense benefits to society, discarded plastics or plastic pollution has become a pervasive highly visible problem especially in the

Multidimensional Chromatography

Both comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC) and comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LCxLC) have emerged as powerful tools


Press Coverage

What’s inside all those masks?

Washington Post
Research conducted by scientists at NIST and the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute show that the humidity in your breath may improve the performance

Featured Videos

NIST Analytical Chemistry Supports Industry and Health
NIST Analytical Chemistry Supports Industry and Health
NIST Chemist Melissa Phillips on Carbon
NIST Chemist Melissa Phillips on Carbon