Dr Robert F. Cook

Group Leader

Nanomechanical Properties Group

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8520
United States
PH: +1 (301) 975-3207
Fax: +1 (301) 975-5334
Email: [email protected]


Dr. Robert Cook is Deputy Chief of the Ceramics Division and Leader of the Nanomechanical Properties Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.A., where he has been since 2005.

He received a B.Sc.(Hons I) in Physics from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 1986, spending time as a Guest Researcher at NIST in 1982 and 1984.

In 1985 he joined the Physical Sciences department of IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, New York, first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a research staff member and for a time as a senior manager. From 1998-2004 he was a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications and 14 patents, his research interests center on mechanics and mechanical properties of materials, especially fracture.

In 2008, he received a U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement for his role in the development of the first gold nanoparticle reference materials for biomedical applications.

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