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Jason Killgore

Project Leader: Scanned Probe Microscopy for Advanced Materials and Processes

Dr. Jason P. Killgore is the leader of the Scanned Probe Microscopy (SPM) for Advanced Materials and Processes project in the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division of MML. His efforts focus on the development, application and tech transfer of novel scanning probe microscopy methods for applications ranging from advanced manufacturing to energy storage. Jason's expertise combines detailed knowledge of the SPM instrument with a breadth of fundamental knowledge of polymer science and polymer physics. Jason is a 2016 graduate of the NIST Foundations of Leadership, and has served as adviser and mentor to 5 national research council postdoctoral fellows and numerous graduate students.

Specific current research interests include:

In-situ characterization of Photopolymer-based Additive Manufacturing

High-sensitivity quantification of bias induced nanoscale strains for ferroelectrics and energy storage

Development of new nanomechanical sensing hardware and methods for viscoelastic and other material properties

Characterization of biomass (e.g. cellulose, lignin, plant cells)

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities:

Jason is continuously looking for motivated, recent PhD graduates to collaborate with on National Research Council fellowship applications and projects. These opportunities are open to U.S. citizens within 5 years of completing their PhD. Current opportunities can be found here: Jason's NRC Opportunities


Jason is an avid backcountry skier, climber, runner and fly fisherman. He has climbed and skied numerous high peaks throughout the United States and the World. He loves introducing members of his project to new outdoor adventures.

Jason Killgore on top of Denali, the highest point in North America (20,310') in June, 2018.


Awards and Honors:

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (2018)

NIST - Distinguished Associate Award (2013)

NIST - National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (April 2009 to 2011) 

Western Washington University Outstanding Graduate Award


Nanoscale Hygromechanical Behavior of Lignin

Kristen M. Hess, Jason P. Killgore, Wil Srubar
The nanoscale hygromechanical behavior of lignin is presented in this work. Three atomic force microscopy experimental methods were used to correlate moisture
Created October 9, 2019, Updated November 14, 2019