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Browse NIST technologies available for licensing, commercialization and research collaboration. Some of these technologies are patented or are in the patenting process. Other technologies are available without a patent.

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Bioscience & Health

microspectrometer design

New medical diagnostic tests, improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care electronic records, reference materials for laboratory test methods, faster screening of promising vaccines, these are a few of the many areas where NIST research serves the needs of the bioscience and health care community.

Building & Fire Research


The mission of the building and fire research programs at NIST is to anticipate and meet the measurement science, standards, and technology needs of the U.S. building and fire safety industries in areas of critical national need.


electron noses

From the food we eat and the pharmaceuticals doctors prescribe to the paints and fuel additives we use, NIST develops the technology, measurement methods, and standards to address the needs of the chemical industry.


PET Image Before/After

Using the latest mathematics approaches and computational methods, researchers at NIST provide state-of-the-art contributions that assist industry and academia in tackling some of the most difficult scientific, technical, and engineering problems and tasks.



Physics research at NIST includes everything from improving the safety of medical radiation procedures to developing future "quantum information" technologies that generate unbreakable codes. NIST provides the measurements, standards, and technical expertise scientists and industries need to push the limits of the fundamental properties of nature.

Electronics & Telecommunications


In the realm of electrons and light, NIST provides the standards, develops the instruments, and performs the calibrations necessary to keep both the smallest electronic components and the largest power grids running smoothly and safely.


Patent Applications Publication May 31, 2012, Sheet 1 of 14 US2012/0132891A1

Standards for the Smart Grid, energy efficient lighting, photovoltaics, net-zero-energy buildings, software for "smart" building, these are a few of the many NIST energy use and conservation research areas. NIST develops the testing, measurements, and reference materials needed to ensure the quality of energy-related products and services.



Through its partnerships with industry, government, and academia, NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science, for example by calibrating the sensors of climate-mapping satellites and detecting ever more minute quantities of toxins and pollutants in our air, soil, water, and blood.

Information Technology

Prototype of Relay Node

Advancing the state-of-the-art in IT in such applications as cyber security and biometrics, NIST accelerates the development and deployment of systems and conducts research to develop the measurements and standards infrastructure for emerging information technologies and applications.


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NIST helps manufacturers of all kinds--shipbuilding to semiconductor makers--streamline their operations, improve quality, reduce environmental impacts, develop innovative products and processes, and expand their markets.

Materials Science

Photos shows diffraction contrast, mass thickness contrast and mixed bf-df imagine.

Plastics, carbon nanotubes, high-strength alloys, artificial bone and joint replacements are just some of the emerging materials for which NIST develops testbeds, defines benchmarks, and develops formability measurements and models.


Photos shows diffraction contrast, mass thickness contrast and mixed bf-df imagine.

From leading cutting edge research to coordinating the development of standards that promote trade, NIST's programs in nanotechnology directly impact priorities important to the nation's economy and well being.

Public Safety & Security

electron noses

From helping to develop technologies that detect explosives and locate survivors in a collapsed building to video software that identifies criminals and high endurance building materials, NIST is working to keep people safe.


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NIST helps ensure that U.S. organizations (and their products and services) achieve the highest levels of quality as well as maintains and transmits accurate measurements to state agencies and industry.


Full Scale Prototype

Transportation-related industries rely on NIST for a wide range of assistance including reference materials used in manufacturing vehicles, development of standards and performance tests for alternative transportation energy sources, and continual improvement in methods for monitoring the safety and strength of roadways and rail lines.