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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

Helmet Materials for Head Health

Athletes, warfighters and even children riding their bikes all can benefit from better protective gear to prevent head injuries. The Head Health Challenge

Projects and Programs

Nanocalorimetry Measurements

Nanocalorimetry Measurements provide a capability to measure heats of reaction of nanoscale samples with nanojoule sensitivity to detect reactions and quantify

Forensics

The Surface and Trace Chemical Analysis Group (STCAG) conducts research across various forensic science disciplines. The overall goal is to leverage a

Software

NIST DTSA-II

NIST DTSA-II builds on the best available algorithms in the literature to simulate, quantify and plan energy dispersive x-ray analysis measurements.

NANOP

This software package implements functions to simulate spherical, ellipsoid and cubic polyatomic nanoparticles with arbitrary crystal structures and to

RMCPROFILE

RMCProfile is a free software package (developed as a collaborative effort between scientists at several institutions including NIST), that can fit

Tools and Instruments

Nanocalorimeter Measurement System

This Nanocalorimeter Measurement System is used for nanocalorimetry measurements at fast heating rates (100 °C/s to 100,000 °C/s) and measurements of samples

Reference Ballistic Chronograph

The NIST-developed reference ballistic chronograph (RBC) provides repeatable measurements of the speed of a bullet that will impact a test article, such as

Awards

Press Coverage

How Your Dog's Nose Knows So Much

KQED
NIST's Matthew Staymates describes his work to improve drug and explosives detection by studying the physics of dog olfaction.

Contacts

Division Chief