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NIST Center for Neutron Research

The NIST Center for Neutron Research is a national resource for industry, universities, and government agencies.

Notice to Users

NCNR is operating on a limited basis for internal and mail-in experiments.

Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering

Maximizing access for the scientific community to transformative neutron scattering instrumentation

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A consortium for the advancement of neutron-based measurements for manufacturing of soft materials



The next deadline for proposals for instrument time is scheduled for November 2020 (contingent on the operations schedule.)  previous proposal statistics

NCNR Seminar Schedule 
2020 Summer School:
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the current shutdown on the NIST Neutron Research Center, the CHRNS Summer School on Methods and Applications of Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Neutron Reflectivity originally scheduled for June 1-5, 2020 has been postponed. We will post the new date here on the NCNR website as soon as it is rescheduled.
User survey and NCNR response
The NCNR Users Group has summarized the results of a recent user survey. We encourage all to look at it, and at our response.
New liquid deuterium cold neutron source to be installed in 2023
In 2023, the NCNR will be closed for one year to install an upgraded cold neutron source.
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Getting Great Data with CHRNS
a 2½ minute video that describes the Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering, a key partnership with the National Science Foundation
See differently with neutrons at NIST
Watch a 2½ minute animated explanation for a general audience of what we do at the NCNR. watch!
NIST now accepts basic radiation safety training from other U.S. neutron facilities in place of the NIST offered on-line training.

News and Updates

A Crazier Crazy Straw for Science

What do the loopy straws that children like to sip drinks through have in common with cutting-edge science? Ask Ryan Murphy and his colleagues at the National

Industry Impacts

Cancer Therapy Formulations

New cancer therapies that use active viruses cannot always be studied using standard drug development practices. The NIST Center for Neutron Research user


2020 NSSA Fellowship - Paul Butler

Through the NSSA Fellowship Program, the NSSA recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the neutron scattering community...

Previous Events

NCNR 50 Year Symposium

Thu, Dec 7 - Fri, Dec 8 2017
Purpose To celebrate the achievements and illustrious lifetime of the NCNR. Description The NIST Bureau of Standards


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