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Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development Group

The Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development Group develops and disseminates measurement science, measurement standards, and measurement technology pertaining to the measurement of all functional properties of advanced materials and devices, including chemical, electrical, thermal, optical, and magnetic properties.

The Group also determines and disseminates key data needed to establish the relationships between structure, functional properties, and performance of inorganic and hybrid materials and devices. The Group's activities are carried out in three project areas: Combinatorial Measurement Methods, Nanocalorimetry, and Thermoelectric Measurements and Standards.

News and Updates

NIST AI System Discovers New Material

When the words “artificial intelligence” (AI) come to mind, your first thoughts may be of super-smart computers, or robots that perform tasks without needing

MRS Bulletin Material Matters

The MGI [Materials Genome Initiative] is going to change the way materials science is done. In the next 10-to-20 years, we’ll be doing materials discovery and

Projects and Programs

Autonomous Materials Science

We use autonomous experimentation (the merger of automated synthesis, characterization, AI-driven decision-making) to elucidate the role of composition

Diffraction Metrology and Standards

Our objective is the development of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and quantitative, reproducible, and accurate measurement methods for characterization of


Thermal and mechanical properties of clathrate-II Na24Si136

Matthew Beekman, Antti Karttunen, Winnie Wong-Ng, Mingjian Zhang, Yu-Sheng Chen, Christian Posadas, Andrew Jarymowycz, Ethan Cruise, Wanyue Peng, Alexandra Zevalkink, James A. Kaduk, George S. Nolas
Thermal expansion, lattice dynamics, heat capacity, compressibility, and pressure stability of the intermetallic clathrate Na24Si136 have been investigated by a

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