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Jessica Staymates (Fed)

Staff Development Specialist/Research Chemist

Jessica's research interests include optical microscopy analysis of microparticles, explosives and narcotics trace detection, Forensics, and inkjet printing technology. As a forensic toxicologist, she focuses on the forensic aspects of explosives and narcotics detection which include microparticle analysis, trace residue collection efficiency, and optimal collection media. Current efforts include sampling in a cargo environment and studying emerging illicit drug trends.

More recently, Jessica has been working with the MML management team on programs that align with strategic goals and mission, specifically for staff development, recognition, and fostering internal and external collaborations


  • 2017 MML Strategic Partnership Accolade for leveraging expertise from NIST and external partners to perform biomimicry studies to understand how canines sniff and improve vapor sensing technology leading to realistic suggestions that can be implemented with current technology.
  • 2017 Featured Profile in the ‘Be What I Want to Be’ annual magazine for MD middle and high school students
  • 2012 Department of Commerce and NIST Silver Medal group award for development of a national measurement and standards infrastructure to optimize and standardize trace explosive detectors for homeland security


A Standards and Measurement Infrastructure for Calibration, Verification and Optimization of Trace Explosives Detection Systems

John G. Gillen, Jennifer R. Verkouteren, R M. Verkouteren, Marcela N. Najarro, Edward R. Sisco, Matthew E. Staymates, Jessica L. Staymates, Robert A. Fletcher, Jeffrey A. Lawrence, Elizabeth L. Robinson, Alexander T. Bulk, Joseph A. Bennett, Shinichiro Muramoto, Thomas P. Forbes
Current national priorities in homeland security have led to an unprecedented level of utilization of explosives trace detection (ETD) systems for

The effect of reusing wipes for particle collection

Jessica L. Staymates, Matthew E. Staymates, Jeffrey A. Lawrence
This work addresses the need for a method to measure the collection efficiency performance of surface wipe materials as a function of wipe reuse number. The
Created October 9, 2019, Updated July 11, 2022