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NSC User Facility

nuclear science, education, & research

1 MW TRIGA Reactor

Located in the Dodgen Research Facility, the WSU Nuclear Science Center operates the only research reactor in the State of Washington. The NSC reactor offers project leadership and collaboration in addition to neutron irradiation of samples for research, commercial isotope production, and is capable of same-day irradiation and shipping of high priority samples to most places in the continental U.S.

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.

Radiation Science Laboratory

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.