Incorporation of actinide speciation in environmental remediation
Development and evaluation of actinide separations
Research in actinide solid phases as waste forms or fuels
Spectroscopy of the actinide elements
Actinide Chemistry Laboratory: The laboratory is used for spectroscopic and radiochemical experiments with actinide elements including uranium and plutonium. Our allowable limits permit a wide range of experimental conditions that are unique for a university.
Radiation Detection Laboratory (RDL): The RDL is a licensed laboratory for the measurement of radioactivity in the environment. This facility also serves as a test bed for the development of new radiation detection equipment.
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) User Facility: TEM is a vital tool for understanding materials that lets scientists observe and analyze materials at the atomic level.
Electron Microanalysis and Imaging Laboratory: The electron microprobe and scanning electron microscope allow scientists to analyze materials at the micron level to determine elemental composition and morphology (physical structure).
Analytical Laboratories: Scientists in the NSTG have access to numerous analytical systems and laboratories for chemical analysis, including mass spectrometry (quadrapole and multi-collector systems), emission spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, chromatography (gas, ion, liquid), and other more specialized systems. These systems provide significant capability for organic and inorganic chemical analysis.
Molten Metal Research Facilities: The Small Experiments facility and the “Loop” facility allow researchers to work with molten metal (primarily a mixture of lead and bismuth) to learn more about the unique properties of this fluid, supporting the development of new technologies for solar power, the processing of nuclear waste, and nuclear power, among other fields.
Materials Performance Laboratory (MPL): The MPL is a well-equipped laboratory for metallographic and corrosion studies of numerous engineered materials. Further, the Materials Testing System is capable of conducting high-temperature tensile testing in the presence of an inert gas up to 600°C.