The Enrichment Technology Group is built on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) historic expertise in nuclear fuel cycle research and development, specifically in the area of isotope separation. The ability to address the nation’s enrichment technology needs to support domestic nuclear security and stable isotope research and development—a key mission of ORNL—is the driving force behind the existence of the Enrichment Technology Group.
The group collaborates across the laboratory to provide science, technology, and mission support expertise to nuclear security sponsors, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. The group also supports the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Physics’ requirements for enriched stable isotopes.
The Enrichment Technology Group’s signature capabilities include project execution in chemical science and engineering, isotope enrichment science, and mechanical systems design and engineering. The group is essential in nuclear fuel cycle advancement and in stable isotope production through innovations and improvements in isotope enrichment technologies.
In addition, the group maintains laboratories and capabilities supporting a significant mechanical and chemical engineering effort focused on supporting ORNL’s Enrichment Science and Engineering Programs. This support includes management and operation of ORNL’s UF6 gas enrichment testing laboratory and technical support in the design and fabrication of the nation’s stable isotope enrichment systems.