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Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division

The Division advances nanofabrication technologies and uses them to develop innovative integrated measurement microsystems.

Welcome to the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division

Historical advances in precision control of materials, devices, and information have led to multiple revolutions in science, technology, and industry. New measurement science has preceded each step forward – if we can measure it, then we can make it. Nanoscale measurements underly the ability to fabricate diverse nanotechnologies, create devices that manipulate photons, phonons, and plasmons at the quantum limit, and probe the structures and functions of atoms, (bio)molecules, and particles. Achieving control and understanding at the smallest scales requires new approaches. The Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division develops measurement science and technology to advance the state of the art of nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing and applies these novel capabilities to make innovative, integrated microsystems for critical applications.

The division works on three synergistic research thrusts: nanostructure fabrication and measurement; biophysical and biomedical measurement and technology; and photonics and optomechanics. Each of these is led by the corresponding group. Our major programs are listed below.

News and Updates

The Ins and Outs of a NIST Patent

Electron or X-Ray Beam Lithography in Liquids Description These days, the fabrication of 2D and 3D structures out of liquid, biocompatible, hydrogel solutions

A Better Way to Measure Acceleration

You’re going at the speed limit down a two-lane road when a car barrels out of a driveway on your right. You slam on the brakes, and within a fraction of a

Projects and Programs

Dynamic Nanoflow Metrology

Current work, within the NIST on a Chip Program, includes developing microfluidic systems that improve the accuracy of flow measurements, which are fundamental

Focused-ion-beam machining

Focused-ion-beam machining is a powerful method to directly form complex nanostructures. The Nanostructure Fabrication and Measurement Group develops novel

Micro- and nano-optomechanical systems

Light can interact with mechanical systems in interesting and useful ways, not only probing the mechanical motion with spectacular sensitivity, but also driving

Software

CNST Nanolithography Toolbox

The Nanolithography Toolbox is a platform-independent software package for scripted lithography pattern layout generation. The Center for Nanoscale Science and

MOSAIC

MOSAIC is a modular single-molecule analysis toolbox to decode multi-state single-molecule and nanopore time-series data. Read the documentation for additional

Awards

Contacts

Division Chief and Deputy Division Chief