Nanomechanical Properties Group
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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
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.