Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Use of Micro Techniques to Assist Macro Problems
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed an in-house capability of highly trained personnel and state-of-the-art equipment to analyze a variety of sample types required by environmental regulatory agencies. These environmental regulations require information on content and quantity of specific materials present in the soil, water, and air.
The equipment includes scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and wavelength dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. ORNL is capable of soil and materials characterization, materials response and failure analysis, sensor development, and asbestos analysis.
Several ORNL analysis laboratories are certified by the federal government. By teaming with other ORNL groups as well as other Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, this group (materials characterization) is ensuring that ORNL and the DOE are in compliance with environmental regulations while protecting and restoring local environments. The range of analytical equipment available in a central location at ORNL results in a large cost savings over the expense of using outside laboratories to support the immense environmental management efforts at Oak Ridge. This world class collection of expertise provides other federal facilities and private industry the opportunity to have a complete range of analytical services performed in a single location. ORNL’s experts can also support the development of advanced analytical capabilities at other locations.
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