Research Capabilities

Radiation Detection Laboratories

  • Reverse Electrode Coaxial Ge Detectors (REGe)
  • Broad Energy Germanium Detector (BEGe)
  • Liquid Scintillation Counters
  • Alpha Spectrometer
  • Gamma Counter
  • Custom built radiation detection capabilities (i.e. CLYC, neutron and gamma spectroscopy, semiconductors)

Radiochemistry Laboratories

  • Double beam temperature controlled UV-VIS (Cary 300)
  • Metrohm 905 Titrando Potentiometric Titrator
  • TA Instruments TAM III Isothermal Titration Nanocalorimeter
  • High vacuum fluorination system (-100°C to 1000°C)
  • Atmosphere controlled furnaces (25°C to 1400°C with inert and reactive gases (He2, N2, O2, and H2)).
  • Inert glove boxes with electrochemical cells
  • Class II Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Cell Culture
  • RadioTLC plate reader
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography

100 kW TRIGA Reactor

  • Thermal irradiation port (heavy water chamber)
  • Fast irradiation port
  • In-core radiochemical separations for isotope production

Structure Laboratories (Collaborations with Civil Engineering)

  • Actuators with capacity up to 2,000 kips in compression, 1,500 kips in tension and a stroke of 30 in.
  • Drop hammer (1 kip steel weight from 3 to 16 ft.)
  • INSTRON 400 HVL
  • Quasi-static experiment tests on large scale concrete and steel components
  • Three-dimension Steel Load Frame

Material Science Laboratories (Collaborations with Nanofab)

  • Radionuclide characterization via scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and x-ray diffractometry
 

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

 

Neutron Activation and Radiation Detection

  • Detector development and testing
  • Radiation hardness experimentation
  • Development of electronics for radiation applications
  • In-situ gamma and neutron testing
  • Radiation transport simulation
  • Environmental Monitoring of trace contaminants such as polyflouroalkyl compounds (PFAS)
  • Development of combined neutron and gamma radiation detectors
 

Actinide Chemistry and Radiochemistry

  • Pre- and post- detonation nuclear forensics
  • f-element compound synthesis and thermodynamic measurements
  • Synthesis and evaluation of novel resins for separation of actinides and lanthanides
  • Production of high purity targets for heavy actinide production (Am and Pu)
  • Radionuclide transport modelling
  • Radionuclide remediation strategies such as engineered barriers

Nuclear Materials and Structural Analysis

  • Nuclear waste storage and monitoring including above ground casks
  • Nuclear fuel synthesis (U-Mo, UC, UN, etc.), thermodynamic and microstructural testing
  • Neutron and gamma damage experimentation, analysis, and modelling
  • Radiation sources for radiography of materials
  • Post-irradiation structural sample testing
 

Isotope Production and Nuclear Medicine

  • Production and separation of radionuclides for imaging and treatment of cancer and various other diseases
  • Targeted radiotherapy applications
  • PET/SPECT imaging applications (small animal imaging facility access at the University of Utah School of Medicine)
  • Production of trace quantities of actinides including Pa, Np, Pu, and Am