Peter C. Burns
Located in Stinson-Remick Hall (opened 2010), the Burns laboratories are fully equipped for the safe handling and study of actinide elements. Facilities include numerous radiological fume hoods and glove boxes, as well as an array of radiation detectors.
The Burns laboratories are approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the study of transuranic elements.
The synthesis laboratory provides the necessary equipment for a broad range of synthetic approaches involving actinides, over the temperature range -20 to 1700 Celsius.
Characterization facilities include three single-crystal X-ray diffractometers, two powder X-ray diffractometers, a small-angle X-ray scattering system, multiple UV-vis spectrometers including one mounted on a microscope, an infrared spectrometer mounted on a microscope with an ATR lens, a Raman spectrometer with fiber optics mounted on a microscope, fluid cell, or hydrothermal vessel, a dynamic light scattering system, two Setaram C80 calorimeters (room temperature to 300 C, two Setaram high-temperature AlexSys calorimeters, Setaram differential scanning calorimeter, JEOL bench top scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy capabilities.
Facilities elsewhere on campus that are approved for our research with radioactive materials include three ICP-MS instruments, one being a multi-collector system, two ICP-OES instruments, two TEMs, two SEMs, ESI-MS instruments, and an XPS system. Our group uses the ND Energy Materials Characterization Facility extensively.
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