The Materials Science and Engineering Division performs leading-edge measurement science research, working closely with our stakeholders to impact a broad range of science and technology areas. Our core areas of competence are grounded in the discipline of materials science and engineering (structure-property-processing relationships) with specific focus on metallurgy, polymer science, and functional materials. This expertise has expanded in recent years to include nanoscale materials (2D materials), complex fluids (colloids, emulsions), advanced devices (electronic, magnetic, energy), and advanced manufacturing (additive, biomanufacturing).
|NIST Priority Area||MSED Project or Program|
Fundamentals of Polymer Mechanics
|Advanced Microelectronics and Packaging||
Low Dimensional and Magnetic Thin Film Materials
|Circular Economy: Plastics Recycling|
|Climate and Energy|
|Physical Infrastructure||Polymer Composites|
|Innovative Measurement Science|
MSED leads two consortia, one focused on soft materials manufacturing (nSoft) and another on automotive lightweighting (NCAL). These consortia are emblematic of our efforts to create an environment for industry partners to work collaboratively with our researchers on common problems.
This consortium delivers technology and expertise within neutron-based measurement science to U.S. based industrial researchers. The impact of the consortium is based on close and extended collaboration, where member companies often have staff positioned on the NIST campus for extended periods of time. Members, having participated on-site at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, gain the expertise in the use of equipment and software targeted toward their sector of manufacturing.