Supports fundamental chemical research directed toward the characterization
and analysis of all forms of matter. Studies of elemental and molecular
composition and of the microstructure of both bulk and surface domains are
included. The program supports projects that develop the fundamentals of
measurement science, new sensors and new instruments, and innovative approaches
to data processing and interpretation.
Investigations designed to probe the chemical structure and reactivity of the
interface between different forms of matter also are supported. The program is
linked to several other chemistry research programs within NSF, including Solid
State Chemistry (Materials Research Division, MPS Directorate); Biochemistry and
Biophysics (Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division, BIO Directorate); and
Chemical Reaction Processes and Interfacial, Transport, and Separation Processes
(Chemical and Transport Systems Division, ENG Directorate).