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Glass & Ceramic Synthesis Lab (ETRL 322 & ETRL 326)

In this laboratory, we primarily conduct high temperature glass melting, hydrothermal ceramic synthesis, and aqueous processing of inorganic materials. This includes multiple furnaces with temperature ranges from 1200°C to 1800°C. Ovens for hydrothermal work as well as a atmosphere controlled tube furnace are also located here.  Additional capabilities include impedance spectroscopy, millimeter wave spectroscopy, DTA-TGA, and pycnometer.


Magnetics Lab (ETRL 151)

In this laboratory, we perform temperature dependent measurement (4.2 K – 1000 K) of magnetic moment of materials (bulk metals, thin films, nanopowders, and minerals) using a state-of-art vibrating sample magnetometer. Because of its speed, this system is particularly good for taking minor loop and first order reversal curve data.


X-ray Diffraction Lab (ETRL 206)

In this laboratory, we perform high resoluton x-ray diffractometry measurements and analysis on all types of materials, but particularly ceramics, glasses, and metals. Multiple X-ray tube sources are used including copper, cobalt and silver x-ray tubes.


Spectroscopy Lab (ETRL 345)

In this laboratory, we have capabilities and instruments for UV-Vis, FTIR, Raman, Optical microscopy and DLTS measurements and analysis on all types of materials. The Raman instruments is also capable of mapping and two lasers are used, 455 nm and 785 nm wavelengths.

Actinide Ceramic Materials Lab (ETRL 328)

In this laboratory, we conduct syntheses of simulated used nuclear fuel to better understand the long-term storage and dissolution of nuclear fuel. This laboratory contains all the equipment necessary for wet chemical synthesis of doped UO2 powders and subsequent pellet production using ceramic powder synthesis, pressing, and high temperature (1800°C) controlled atmosphere sintering.

Theory Lab (ETRL 252)

In this laboratory, we have shared facilities for theoretical and computational research. There is seating and workstations for eight students, printing services, three discussion areas with mounted dry erase boards, a conference table with a multi-camera, directional microphone conference tool and projector. Data is stored and backed up on our 13 Terabyte network attached storage. From this lab we connect to the Kamiak high performance computer ( We “own” 720 of the 3122 total physical cores on this condominium style cluster, which allows us 24/7 access to these CPU. We are the single largest contributor to this shared campus wide resource.