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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 not currently operating.  There will be no new calls for proposals in 2023.

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


NCNR Seminar Schedule 

29th CHRNS Scattering School on Methods and Applications of Neutron Spectroscopy will be held in person July17-21, 2023.
The application deadline is March 1, 2023.

New liquid deuterium cold neutron source to be installed
The NCNR is planning a one year outage to install an upgraded cold neutron source.

Facility Upgrades during the Unplanned Outage

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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.

The NCNR Users Group has summarized the results of a recent user survey.

News and Updates

Facility restart update

Based on my assessment of (1) the relative merits of each scenario (install D2 cold source and upgrade guides ASAP vs. wait for NRC permission to restart the

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


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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