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The Nuclear Analytical Chemistry and Isotopics Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is dedicated to the application of general analytical chemistry to radioactive materials. The facility is equipped with special containment and ventilation systems to handle high levels of radioactivity in hot cells (high gamma dose) and in glovebox systems (high levels of alpha). The facility is also designed to handle moderate and low levels of radioactivity in laboratories segregated from high contamination areas to mitigate cross contamination and is fully equipped to handle the packaging and disposal of radioactive solid waste.

The RMAL analytical capabilities support a broad range of physical, inorganic, organic, and radiochemical methodologies required for testing and characterizing a wide range of samples from mixed-radioactive sludge from underground storage tanks to spent fuel from a nuclear reactor. The RMAL also provides analytical support to many projects and programs involved with environmental levels of radionuclides and trace inorganic and organic contaminates. The facility is equipped with a variety of modern analytical instrumentation for the determination of metals, anions, organic compounds, radionuclides, and physical properties. Major analytical instrumentation includes ICP-AES, GFAA, ICP-MS, ion chromatography, carbon analyzers and microwave dissolution systems for inorganic measurements, and GC-MS, GC-FID and GC-ECD for organic measurements. The RMAL includes a state-of-the-art counting room with advanced instrumentation for the measurement of gamma, alpha, beta, and neutron emitters.

For more information, contact Joe Giaquinto at (865) 574-4887.


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Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Chemical Sciences Division Rev:   November 2013