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Chemistry Support Laboratory (CSL)

Organic Scintillators:

The CSL provides a unique capability to produce liquid, plastic, and crystalline organic scintillators using natural or enriched isotopes.  Some of the scintillator capabilities include boron or lithium loading, PSD plastics, high-strength polyesters, multilayer phoswich designs, and enriched deuterium liquid and PSD plastic scintillators.  Scintillators can be prepared in a wide range of geometries using a variety of fabrication techniques including bulk polymerization in casting molds, injection molding, and solvent cast films.  The CSL houses a unique centrifugal polymerization apparatus which allows for preparation of monolithic or layered cylindrical geometries.

Synthesis Capabilities:

A full suite of purification and organic synthesis apparati is available for synthesis of organic compounds and polymers.  Some examples include synthesis of polyesters by transesterification / polycondensation, synthesis of trans-stilbene via Grubbs catalyst, and synthesis of isotopically enriched, highly branched compounds by Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

Material characterization:

A set of spectrophotometers, fluorometers, melting point, viscosity, and pH/Conductivity/ISE equipment is available for analysis of scintillators and materials.  The CSL houses a Shimadzu single-quadrupole QP2010 SE gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) for analysis of organic compounds and gases. 

Accelerator Targetry:

The CSL houses a thin film thermo evaporator for preparation of isotopically enriched accelerator targets for nuclear physics experiments.  The CSL also specializes in preparation of deuterated polyethylene targets.

3D Printing:

Two Ultimaker 2 extended+ FDM 3D printers are available with a build volume 223 x 223 x 305 mm and a laser based FormLab 2 SLA 3D printer with a build volume 145 x 145 x 175 mm.


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