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NNL, National Nuclear Laboratory, Sellafield, Seascale, United Kingdom

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the United Kingdom’s nuclear science and technology research organisation with a mission to support national programmes and deliver innovative solutions for our customers. The NNL’s flagship research facility, Central Laboratory, is located in Cumbria, North West England. It is designed to handle all types of radioactive material in a safe environment and is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.

The active laboratories contain a large number of fumehoods and, currently, eight gloveboxes. Four of these gloveboxes are housed in the Ivan Owens Laboratory and are used for research into actinide chemistry, eg solvent extraction, ion exchange, redox kinetics, mass transfer etc. The gloveboxes are fitted with fibre optic bulkheads that allow UV/vis spectrometry and Raman spectrometry to be carried out. Some of the gloveboxes also have feed lines that allow inactive chemicals to be pumped into them from the bench to feed equipment such as centrifugal contactors and mini mixer settlers. Classic solvent extraction and dissolution experiments are possible in an inerted atmosphere (nitrogen or argon) within the gloveboxes.

Our laboratories contain analytical equipment to supplement the experimental work and development of analytical techniques is possible. The analytical techniques comprise:

  • Raman Spectrometry (3 lasers: 514, 633, 785nm)
  • Time Resolved Laser Induced Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Gamma spectrometry
  • Alpha spectrometry
  • Liquid scintillation counting
  • UV/vis/nIR spectrometry
  • ATR/IR Spectrometry (housed in a glovebox)

Recent Research Council funding, via the University of Manchester, has procured some new analytical equipment including:

  • Agilent Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer 5975 C
  • Agilent uv-Visible Infrared Spectrometry 8453
  • Perkin Elmer NexION 300D ICPMS
  • Bruker D8 Advance X-Ray Diffraction device

We have already started opening up our world-class facilities to national and international researchers and we will continue doing so. Dedicated support and supervision is available from our very experienced scientists while our facility experts ensure your work is conducted safely and within the confines of our safety case. It is our ambition to make your time with us as productive, engaging and fruitful as possible.


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