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Materials Measurement Science Division

The Materials Measurement Science Division provides the measurement science, standards, and technology required to enable the discovery and development of next-generation materials.

Our Mission: To Ensure and Promote Excellence in Measurement Science

The Materials Measurement Science Division supports the nation’s materials science needs by providing:

  • Measurements for the determination of composition, structure, and properties of a variety of materials;
  • Standard reference materials, scientific and standard reference data, documentary standards and other methods and materials used to validate existing methods and enable realization of new technologies;
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation, methods, models and software to accurately and precisely measure materials over a range of length and time scales
  • Basic measurement science research to support core capabilities and foster innovation. 

Organization:  The Materials Measurement Science Division is organized into eight groups according to technical and programmatic expertise.

Key Program Areas:  Advanced Materials (functional properties , structure and data); Materials Genome Initiative; Nanometrology (materials and properties); Microscopy; Safety, Security and Forensics; and Synchrotron Science.

News and Updates


Industry Impacts

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Projects and Programs

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Tools and Instruments


Press Coverage

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