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William Alexander Osborn (Fed)

Materials Research Engineer

Will started at NIST as an NRC fellow developing a MEMS-based combinatorial measurement method for evaluating the kinetics of hydrogen sorption materials.  This work morphed into other microfabrication and instrument building projects, including:

  • Developing experimental techniques and reference standards for nano-scale strain measurement
  • Evaluating the mechanical properties of MEMS scale devices through the development of testable devices, theoretical models, and accurate measurements.
  • Microfabrication of non-traditional devices to enable research in the areas of strain measurement and mechanical property evaluation

In addition to the tools for microfabrication, Will has extensive experience with SEM/EBSD, vibrometry, and surface profilometry measurements.


  • National Academy of Engineering - Frontier of Engineering 2017
  • MML Colleague's Choice Award 2014


Growth and Decomposition of Pt Surface Oxides

Feng Yi, Shane Arlington, Justin Gorham, William Alexander Osborn, Slavomir Nemsak, Ethan Crumlin, David A. LaVan
The formation and thermal stability of Pt surface oxides on Pt thin film were studied in situ using ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS)

Robust Bottom-Up Gold Filling of Deep Trenches and Gratings

Daniel Josell, William Alexander Osborn, Maureen E. Williams
This work extends application of an extreme variant of superconformal Au electrodeposition to deeper device architectures while exploring factors that constrain
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022