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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Nanoscale Structure in Nanomaterials


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

RO# Location
50.64.31.B7017 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Levin, Igor 301.975.6142


Accurate knowledge of atomic arrangements and internal substructure in nanomaterials is a key to understanding their properties. Despite the availability of techniques for probing local atomic order, finding a comprehensive structural solution for nanostructured materials remains a formidable challenge. This opportunity seeks to address this measurement problem by integrating theoretical analyses and several critical experimental techniques including total x ray and neutron scattering for extracting atomic pair distribution functions, small-angle scattering, and extended absorption fine structure measurements. Surface structure of nanoparticles and nanotubes is of particular interest. NIST’s Ceramics Division has access to state-of-the-art synchrotron and neutron radiation facilities for these measurements. Opportunities exist to investigate nanomaterials and nanodevices for a myriad of applications such as biomedical devices, catalytic converters, and batteries.


Batteries; Catalysts; Local structure; Nanodevices; Nanomaterials; Nanoparticles; Nanostructure; Nanotubes; Pair distribution function analysis; Small-angle scattering; X-ray absorption spectroscopy;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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