TechnologyPacific Northwest National Laboratory Physical Sciences Facility

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory : Physical Sciences FacilityPacific Northwest National Laboratory : Physical Sciences FacilityPacific Northwest National Laboratory : Physical Sciences Facility


Researchers at the Physical Sciences Facility utilize exceptionally sensitive equipment for their work on material sciences, including multiple transmission electron microscopes (TEMs), a scanning electron microscope (SEM), a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), and several transmission ion microscopes (TIMs). To minimize vibration, each piece of equipment was located on an isolated slab and the SEM and FE-SEM received EMI shielding to mitigate interference from a nearby elevator. Building 3425 Ultra Low Background Detection Lab Building 3430 Ultra Trace Building 3420 Radiation Detection Building 3410 Materials Science & Technology In order to interact with the teams of academics and governmental officials and to efficiently demonstrate their research, the design team incorporated transparency into lab walls so that the researchers could bring tours of interested parties through the facility. People can see into the labs to understand what is going on, without entering the lab and disturbing that research. This allows the researchers to better communicate their particular science and assists in acquiring additional funding. Sustainability 1 direct gain geo-exchange 2 energy-generative solar shading 3 decentralized HVAC system 4 on-site renewables 5 heat recovery exhaust system 6 demountable wall systems 7 modular / mobile furniture 8 localized resource monitoring

Bringing scientists together

LEED-NC Silver

Researchers in the materials sciences often work in isolated settings due to the nature of their work. The Department of Energy hopes to encourage new discoveries by bringing scientists in these specialized areas together to exchange ideas. Design elements that facilitate conversations include a central campus courtyard that offers comfort, access, and a positive image; interaction spaces; and transparency.

Laboratories at the Physical Sciences Facility include materials science and technology, ultra-trace, and radiation detection. Very specialized research in “competing” capabilities including clean and dirty spaces, vibration-producing and vibration-sensitive labs, and radiation and non-radiation areas requiring small, distributed core facilities.

Location: Richland, Washington