International Year of the Periodic Table
Did you know that 2019 was declared the International Year of the Periodic Table by the United Nations General Assembly? It also happens to be the table's 150th anniversary.
Learn more about how NIST is helping celebrate.
NIST and the Nobel: Dan Shechtman
Quasicrystals have transformed scientists’ understanding of how matter can arrange itself and opened scientists’ minds to a whole new class of materials that can exist. At NIST, Shechtman worked on identifying new materials that could be useful to industry, as part of NIST’s mission under the U.S. Department of Commerce. His study, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, was designed to develop aluminum-transition metal alloys for aerospace applications. In the process, he made a discovery that revolutionized scientific thinking.