Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Nuclear and Radiochemistry

We provide vital radiochemical and radioanalytical capabilities to a diverse range of basic research and applied problems facing the nuclear enterprise

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  • Group Leader
  • Felicia Taw
  • Deputy Group Leader (Acting)
  • Harshini Mukundan
  • Group Office
  • (505) 667-4546

Basic research is conducted in the areas of radiochemistry, radioanalytical methods development, materials characterization, nuclear chemistry and physics, and actinide chemistry

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry (C-NR) Group applies vital radiochemical expertise and radioanalytical capabilities to a diverse range of basic research and applied problems facing the nuclear enterprise.

Programmatic work supported by C-NR includes maintenance and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, forensic science, treaty monitoring, international safeguards, global security, nuclear non-proliferation, and bioassay monitoring.

C-NR addresses immediate to long-term mission needs for sponsors, and has established capabilities for handling and characterizing radiological materials over a wide range of radioactivity levels. Current major sponsors include the National Nuclear Security Administration, federal agencies (Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, and other Strategic Partnership agencies), LANL institutional support, and competitive internal funding.

Measuring the neutron capture cross-section of 239Pu helps support of the the Advanced Reactor Concept program, a DOE program considering the next generation of reactor designs.Technologist loading samples for thermal ionization mass spectrometry.

  • Left: Measuring the neutron capture cross-section of 239Pu helps support of the the Advanced Reactor Concept program, a DOE program considering the next generation of reactor designs.
  • Right: Technologist loading samples for thermal ionization mass spectrometry.

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