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.
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.
||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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
||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.
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.
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
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