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NIST Laboratories, located in both Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., conduct research in a wide variety of physical and engineering sciences. The labs respond to industry needs for measurement methods, tools, data, and technology. NIST researchers collaborate with colleagues in industry, academic institutions, and other government agencies. Read on for brief descriptions of each lab and links to their homepages.

 Building and Fire Research Laboratory- works to improve quality and productivity in U.S. construction. The lab also works to reduce human and economic loss due to fires, earthquakes, wind, and other hazards.
 Applied Economics  Building Environment
 Fire Research  Physical Structures and Systems Interagency Working Group
Materials and Construction Research    
 Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology - enables science and industry by providing essential measurement methods, instrumentation, and standards to support all phases of nanotechnology development, from discovery to production. The center consists of a Research Program and the Nanofab, a shared-use facility providing economical access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and nanomeasurement tools.
 Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory- conducts research in measurement science and develops the chemical, biochemical, and chemical engineering measurements, data, models, and reference standards that are required to enhance U.S. industrial competitiveness in the world market and to improve public health, safety, and environmental quality.
Biochemical Science
Process Measurements
Surface and Microanalysis Science
Physical and Chemical Properties
 Analytical Chemistry    
 Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory - has as its mission to strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the quality of life by providing measurement science and technology and by advancing standards, primarily for the electronics and electrical industries. The Laboratory provides the fundamental basis for all electrical measurements in the United States. In addition, the Laboratory provides metrology support to other federal and local government agencies.

Microelectronics Programs

 Electromagnetics  Quantum Electrical Metrology Division
Law Enforcement Standards
Semiconductor Electronics
 Information Technology Laboratory- conducts research and develops test methods and standards for emerging and rapidly-changing information technologies. ITL focuses on technologies to improve the usability, reliability and security of computers and computer networks for work and home.
Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Advanced Network Technologies
Computer Security
Information Access
 Software and Systems  Statistical Engineering
 Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory - develops measurement methods, standards and technologies to improve U.S. manufacturing capabilities. MEL researchers work with industry to achieve greater efficiency and productivity with improved measurements and standards, both dimensional and mechanical. MEL also maintains the basic units for measuring mass and length in the United States.
Precision Engineering
Manufacturing Metrology
Intelligent Systems
Manufacturing Systems Integration
 Fabrication Technology    
 Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory - provides technical leadership for the nation's materials measurement and standards infrastructure. Expertise in ceramics, polymers, metallurgy, neutron characterization, and materials reliability is used to anticipate and respond to industry needs in areas such as microelectronics, automotive, and health care, as well as to provide standard reference materials and develop measurement methods. The Laboratory houses the nation's only fully equipped cold neutron research facility, NIST Center for Neutron Research.
Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science
Materials Reliability
 NIST Center for Neutron Research - focuses on providing neutron measurement capabilities to the U.S. research community. A national center for research using thermal and cold neutrons, its instrumentation is available for use by all qualified applicants. Many of its instruments rely on intense beams of cold neutrons emanating from an advanced liquid hydrogen moderator.
 Physics Laboratory - supports U.S. industry by providing measurement services and research for electronic, optical and radiation technology. Researchers develop new physical standards, measurement methods and data, and collaborate with industry to commercialize inventions and discoveries. Their work ranges from tests of fundamental physical theories to problem solving for industry and commerce.
 Electron and Optical Physics  Atomic Physics
Optical Technology
Ionizing Radiation
Time and Frequency
Quantum Physics
 Electronic Commerce in Scientific and Engineering Data    
 Technology Services - provides a variety of products and services to U.S. industry and the public in collaboration with NIST laboratories, federal agencies, national measurement institutes, state and local governments, and the private sector. These products and services include support for NIST calibrations, Standard Reference Materials, Standard Reference Data, and Weights and Measures; coordination of documentary standards activities; training of foreign standards officials; laboratory accreditation; facilitating partnerships between NIST researchers and U.S. industry; and access to the NIST Research Library.
Standards Services
Technology Partnerships
Measurement Services
Information Services

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Date created: 9/6/00
Last updated: 7/31/08