The current mission of the Analytical Laboratory (AL) is to (a) perform chemical, radiochemical and physical measurements; (b) provide nondestructive analysis measurements; and (c) conduct applied research and engineering development activities in support of advanced nuclear fuel design, waste management, environmental, and other programs conducted at the Materials and Fuels Complex and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The mission is accomplished through a broad range of analytical chemistry capabilities.
As a result of this mission, AL receives a wide variety of samples from across INL, as well as from other outside entities. Sample types include liquids, solids, and irradiated/unirradiated fuel related to activities such as research and development, material accountability, radiation monitoring, process monitoring, and environmental monitoring. Engineering development activities, such as the preparation of samples for irradiation testing, are also supported by the AL.
Analysis and characterization of as-built and post-irradiated nuclear fuels and reactor components
Analysis of hazardous, mixed, or highly radioactive wastes; other waste forms; and samples
Analytical chemistry support for nuclear forensics
Determinations of inorganic isotopic constituents and radionuclides
Characterization of engineered materials
Expertise in characterization of engineered materials and the nuclear fuel life cycle