Centre for Radiochemistry Research

The CRR houses state-of-the-art equipment for PhD and post-doctoral researchers to conduct radiochemistry research spanning environmental speciation, analytical science, coordination chemistry, nuclear forensics and decommissioning.

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Quantification of Radionuclides:

Liquid scintillation counting (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_scintillation_counting)

  • Liquid scintillation spectrometer (alpha and beta): Quantulus Ultra Low Level Liquid Scintillation Counter 
  • Liquid scintillation spectrometer (alpha, beta and gamma): Packard Tri-Carb 1900 TR Liquid Scintillation Counter 

Gamma Spectroscopy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_spectroscopy)

  • High performance Gamma Ray Detector: ORTEC HPGe Gamma Ray Detector (Möbius Recycler)
  • Canberra Low Energy HPGe Gamma Ray Detector
  • Canberra Coaxial HPGe Gamma Ray Detector

Alpha and Beta Spectroscopy (http://www.canberra.com/products/detectors/pips-detectors.asp)

  • 6 x Alpha Passivated Implanted Planar Silicon (PIPS®) detectors: Canberra, model A450

Glove Boxes:

  • Various perspex glove boxes (N2, Ar, or CO2 free O2 atmospheres) for environmental radiochemistry research.
  • Negative atmosphere glove box facilities for aqueous and non-aqueous 237Np work.

Spectroscopy room

  • Autoradiography: Typhoon 9410 variable mode imager with BAS-IP MS storage phosphor screens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoradiograph)
  • Raman spectroscopy: Horiba XploRA PLUS V1.2 Å MULTILINE Confocal Raman microscope
with 532 nm, 638 nm and 785 nm solid state lasers. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raman_spectroscopy)
  • Luminescence spectroscopy: Edinburgh Instrument FP920 Phosphorescence Lifetime Spectrometer with a tunable 450 watt steady state xenon lamp, a 5 watt microsecond pulsed xenon flashlamp, plug and play 375 nm, 405 nm, 640 nm and 980 nm picosecond pulsed diode lasers, a Fianium tunable supercontinuum laser, a red sensitive visible photomultiplier detector, a liquid nitrogen cooled near infra-red detector (800 – 1700 nm), integrating sphere and sample housing for room temperature solution measurements, liquid nitrogen temperature frozen solution measurements and solid state sample measurements. Lifetime measurements range from sub nanoseconds to milliseconds. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescence_spectroscopy)
  • Upright fluorescence microscope, Leica microsystems DM2700 M. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescence_microscope)

General Uranium and Thorium Chemistry Labs

General synthetic chemistry capabilities (inorganic and organic), plus:

  • Multiple Schlenk line apparatus for air sensitive manipulations (ground glass and Teflon taps)
  • Solvent distillation apparatusSublimation apparatus3 x inert atmosphere positive pressure glove boxes, Innovative Technologies, argon or nitrogen (2 gloves each) with integrated -35 degrees Celcius freezer.
  • Photolysis equipment: including broad band medium pressure Hg lamp and visible filter with 400W and 600W settings for small scale photolysis experiments.
  • Cyclic voltammetry equipment (Metrohm microAutolab3). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclic_voltammetry)


Access to other Chemistry facilities:

  • University high performance computing clusters
  • Single crystal X-Ray Diffraction (U, Th, Np)
  • Elemental analysis (U and Th only)
  • Solvent drying column purification system (Innovative Technologies)

PSI facilities:

  • National EPR service (U and Th only)
  • Magnetic measurements: Superconducting Quantum Interference Device, SQUID (U and Th only)
  • Ultra-fast laser lab, UF-2 (U, Th and Np)
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