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Debra L. Kaiser

Senior Advisor

Current Research Interests

  • Digital forensics
  • Publication of data
  • NIST Standard Reference Data
  • Documentary standards for nanotechnology
  • Standards for use by regulatory agencies
  • Nanotechnology for cancer applications
  • Measurements and standards for the recovery, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling of materials

Prior Research Experience

  • Nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety issues
  • Nano-scale Standard Reference Materials
  • Ferroelectric thin film growth and structural and optical property determination
  • Single crystal growth and detwinning of the high temperature superconductor Y-Ba-Cu-O
  • Structure and property determination of high temperature superconducting materials
  • Growth and structural and electrical characterization of II-VI semi-magnetic semiconducting materials

Significant leadership positions

  • Chair, ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology, 2018-present and 2010-2015
  • Vice-Chair, ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology, 2016-2017
  • Technical Program Director, NIST Nanotechnology Environment, Health, and Safety Program, 2009-2016
  • Chief, NIST Ceramics Division, 2003-2011
  • Materials Research Society, Meeting Co-Chair, Spring 2007
  • American Association for Crystal Growth, President: 2002–2005




  • ASTM International Award of Appreciation, 2016
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement, 2008
  • Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, NIST Chapter, 1995
  • American Association for Crystal Growth Young Author Award, 1993
  • United States Department of Commerce, Bronze Medal Award for Scientific/Engineering Achievement, 1990
  • IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 1989
  • Induction to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Washington Academy of Sciences


Standard Reference Data Workshop Report

Debra L. Kaiser, Neil Alderoty, Richard R. Cavanagh, Barbara Guttman, Robert J. Hanisch, Adam G. Morey, Jeanita Pritchett, Yuri Ralchenko, Stacy S. Schuur, William E. Wallace
On October 17, 2017, the ODI sponsored a day-long Standard Reference Data Workshop. More than 120 NIST staff members and associates from four NIST laboratories
Created October 9, 2019