on the campus of Washington State University, Thursday, June 24, 2021.
A WSU User Facility
Nuclear & Chemical Science Core Facility

INSTRUMENTATION & SERVICES

NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) LABORATORY

The WSU Center for NMR Spectroscopy is a central University facility that provides access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation. The equipment has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute, and the M.J. Murdock Chairitable Trust.  The NMR lab is open for users from across the WSU campuses and from outside institutions.

THERMOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH LABORATORY

The Guo Labs are fully equipped with unique high-temperature calorimetry instruments, high-pressure apparatus, and a complete synthesis capability for material preparation.  In partnership with the Nuclear Science Center, our labs can handle various radioactive materials.

GAMMA IRRADIATORS

The NSC User Facility is equipped with two locations for the irradiation of samples with gamma rays. Unlike irradiations with neutrons, gamma irradiations do not make samples radioactive. This irradiation source is used to examine the effects of gamma radiation on materials or to sterilize biological/soil samples.

X-RAY ABSORPTION FINE STRUCTURE (XAFS)

easyXAFS 300+ capable of high-powered XAFS data collection for rapid measurements and high-efficiency x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES). This instrument is capable of delivering synchrotron-quality spectra while providing everyday access for rapid discovery.

SMALL- & WIDE-ANGLE X-RAY SCATTERING (SAXS & WAXS)

The NSC User Facility is equipped with a Xenocs Xeuss HR 3.0 capable of small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) measurements in transmission or in Grazing Incidence (GI-SAXS/WAXS) as well as Ultra-SAXS measurements to provide comprehensive structural information on all types of samples.

on the campus of Washington State University, Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

X-RAY DIFFRACTION (SCXRD & PXRD)

The NSC User Facility is equipped Bruker D8 Venture single crystal x-ray diffractometer and a Bruker D2 Phaser powder x-ray diffractometer. The PXRD is capable of measuring the x-ray diffraction powder pattern in a matter of 15 minutes to an hour.

on the campus of Washington State University, Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY

The NUCS Core Facility is equipped with four HP-Ge detectors of various efficiencies useful for quantification of trace elements in materials in nCi activities and identifications of gamma emitting radioisotopes used in nuclear and radiochemistry research. QA/QC validation of each detector can be provided upon request.

ADDITIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Our available resources include several wet chemistry laboratories with fume hoods, a sample packaging lab used for trace-element analysis sample preparation, and technicians and scientists familiar with the techniques needed for radiochemical analysis.  Spectroscopy and counting labs are available to researchers at the facility as are traditional laboratory spaces. Additionally, we provide office and laboratory space for the Office of Research Assurance’s Radiation Safety Office, facilitating material transfers to on-campus researchers. Our staff is fully trained in radioactive shipping procedures under 49 CFR and IATA to expedite off-campus transfers that utilize Facility License R-76.