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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


Gamma Irradiations

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)

The NSC User Facility is equipped with an easyXAFS 300+, which is 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- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS/WAXS)

The NSC User Facility is equipped with a Xenocs Xeuss HR 3.0, which is 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.

X-ray Diffraction

The NSC User Facility is equipped with a Bruker Apex II and a Bruker D8 Venture single crystal x-ray diffractometers. The User Facility also contains a Bruker D2 Phaser powder x-ray diffractometer, which is capable of measuring the x-ray diffraction powder pattern in a matter of 15 minutes to an hour.

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.