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Celebrating One Hundred Years of Chemistry at the National Institute of Standards and Technology



Hratch G. Semerjian, W Koch, Ellyn S. Beary, Michael S. Epstein, G B. Vasquez


Selected NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory (CSTL) activities and highlights. Building on a hundred year history of technical excellence, today's Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory has the most comprehensive array of chemical, physical and engineering measurement capabilities of any group working in chemical science and technology.CSTL's Vision is to be a world-class research laboratory that is recognized by the nation as the primary source for the chemical, biochemical, and chemical engineering measurements, data, models, and reference standards that are required to enhance U.S. competitiveness in the world market.As the nation's chemical reference laboratory, CSTL's mission is to provide the chemical measurement infrastructure to enhance U.S. industry's productivity and competitiveness, assure equity in trade, and improve public health, safety and environmental quality. An important part of CSTL's efforts is to access future measurement needs through interaction with a broad base of customers and through extensive ties to industry, academia and other government agencies.Goals: CSTL seeks to accomplish this mission by setting and meeting the following goals:Measurement Standards: Establish CSTL as the pinnacle of the national traceability and international comparability structure for measurements in chemistry, chemical engineering, and biotechnology, and provide the fundamental basis of the nation's measurement system.Chemical and Process Information: Assure that U.S. industry has access to accurate and reliable data and predictive models to determine the chemical and physical properties of materials and processes.Measurement Science: Address current, and anticipate next-generation, measurement needs of the nation by performing cutting-edge research in measurement science. Chemistry at NBS/NIST is steeped in rich traditions and established partnerships with industry and academia. While the nature of the partnerships may change with societal expectations of the time, the dedication to addressing industry needs remains a hallmark of the institution. Certainly chemical science has evolved over the past century and enabled many new technologies. This book describes our present activities with a historical perspective, in hopes of providing insights into the years to come.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6388
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calibration, chemical science, chemical technology, measurements and standards, NIST, standard reference data, standard reference materials


Semerjian, H. , Koch, W. , Beary, E. , Epstein, M. and Vasquez, G. (2000), Celebrating One Hundred Years of Chemistry at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 25, 2024)


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Created August 31, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021