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Joshua Taillon (Fed)

Materials Data Scientist

ORCiD: 0000-0002-5185-4503
Google Scholar: profile link

Since September 2018, Dr. Joshua Taillon is a staff scientist within the Office of Data and Informatics, working in the Data Science group as a Materials Research Engineer. Drawing on his extensive background in materials characterization, his professional interests lie at the intersection of materials characterization and data science, utilizing  machine learning, artificial intelligence, and state-of-the art signal/data processing techniques to facilitate greater understanding of material systems.

Prior to this appointment, Josh was an NRC Postdoctoral Associate in the Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Group (2016-2018), working with Dr. Keana Scott. During this time, his research included the development and application of novel data acquisition and processing schemes in both electron and ion-beam microscopy. More specifically, he explored the application of compressed sensing strategies to enable smarter and faster three-dimensional imaging and hyperspectral analysis within the FIB/SEM, as well as optimizing spectral unmixing techniques for fast phase mapping of EDS and EELS data.

He received a B.S. from Cornell University, and as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Joshua received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland under the supervision of Professor Lourdes Salamanca-Riba. While at Maryland, he specialized in analytical transmission electron microscopy and focused ion beam nanotomography, with applications in wide bandgap microelectronics and solid oxide fuel cells. In December 2016, he was presented with a Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society for his analytical TEM investigations of 4H-SiC MOSFET interfaces.


  • NIST
    • NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2016 - 2018
  • University of Maryland
    • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, 2016
    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013 - 2016
    • University of Maryland University Fellowship, 2011 - 2016


A Roadmap for LIMS at NIST Material Measurement Laboratory

Gretchen Greene, Jared Ragland, Zachary Trautt, June W. Lau, Raymond Plante, Joshua Taillon, Adam Abel Creuziger, Chandler A. Becker, Joe Bennett, Niksa Blonder, Lisa Borsuk, Carelyn E. Campbell, Adam Friss, Lucas Hale, Michael Halter, Robert Hanisch, Gary R. Hardin, Lyle E. Levine, Samantha Maragh, Sierra Miller, Chris Muzny, Marcus William Newrock, John Perkins, Anne L. Plant, Bruce D. Ravel, David J. Ross, John Henry J. Scott, Christopher Szakal, Alessandro Tona, Peter Vallone
Instrumentation generates data faster and in higher quantity than ever before, and interlaboratory research is in historic demand domestically and

Characterization of Zinc Carboxylates in an Oil Paint Test Panel

Christine Romano, Thomas Lam, G. Asher Newsome, Joshua A. Taillon, Nicole Little, Jia-sun Tsang
Zinc (carboxylate) soaps, formed by reactions between zinc oxide (ZnO) and fatty acids in a drying oil, are known to cause deterioration in the paint layers of
Created August 15, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022