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The measurements, standards, and test methods developed by NIST, in partnership with other organizations, often help unlock the potential of new discoveries and budding technologies. Combinatorial methods are a textbook example. These emerging tools can speed innovation in many fields - pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and, most recently, materials. In the diverse realm of materials, combinatorial methods hold promise for all classes, including metals, polymers, ceramics, and biomaterials. NIST has established a combinatorial methods center as a model for collaboration, in order to share expertise, facilities, resources, and information thereby reducing obstacles to participating in this fast-moving and instrument-intensive area. Although collaborations with multiple partners can be difficult, the goal is to foster cross-fertilization of ideas and research strategies, and to spur progress on many fronts by crossing boundaries of organizations, disciplines, and interests.A few examples of combinatorial project currently underway at NIST are in the areas of block copolymer ordering behavior, crystallization kinetics of polymers, quantitative polymer adhesion measurements, and phase separation.
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