Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Physical Sciences Facility
Funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratoy's (PNNL's) Physical Sciences Facility (PSF) houses critical national security scientific capabilities, equipment, and staff.
The 200,000-square-foot PSF houses approximately 300 staff and contains 80,000 square feet of laboratories, including materials science and technology, ultra-trace, and radiation detection, as well as a low-level underground laboratory, a large detector laboratory, and a radiation portal monitoring test track.
Capabilities within the materials science and technology laboratory focus on the performance and life of materials for applications involving high-temperature, corrosive, and/or radioactive environments. The Ultra-Trace Laboratory houses PNNL's world-class ultra-trace and radioanalytical capabilities, which range from radiochemical separations and electron microscopy to mass spectrometric detection. Scientists at this PNNL lab use state-of-the-art equipment to develop and apply techniques for nuclear forensics in support of national needs. The radiation detection laboratory includes resources for a variety of low-level and high-level radionuclide measurements.
The PSF received LEED Silver certification.
Project TypeScience & Technology