State-of-the-art instrumentation and analytical techniques enable characterization of the critical properties of sediment and rock that control the subsurface movement and reactions of chemicals, water, and gases.
At the Aquatic Research Laboratory, PNNL scientists explore solutions for our nation’s growing need for clean, renewable energy. Projects are focused on monitoring and predicting the impacts of hydropower development and operation on water.
Expertise in the 318 Building—the Radiological Exposures and Metrology (REM) Laboratory—supports health physics, radiation dosimetry, irradiation research design, Monte Carlo modeling, radiation biology, engineering, and radiography.
At PNNL’s Materials Science and Technology Building, researchers identify and predict degradation of materials in extreme environments, such as components within nuclear power plants, before damage leads to failure.
Radiological R&D—including advanced reactors, legacy waste clean-up, nuclear nonproliferation, forensics, medical isotopes, actinide processing, and radiochemistry—is done in this Hazard Category II non-reactor nuclear research facility.
Researchers in this lab investigate glass, glass-ceramic, grout, metal, and metal-ceramic wasteforms that will withstand corrosion over geologic time. This includes supporting the nation's nuclear waste vitrification efforts at Hanford.