The RadChem program collaborates with several national and international laboratories including Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Nevada Site Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and others.
The program has over 7,500 square feet of radiochemistry laboratories capable of handling a range of activities. These facilities contain a host of experimental equipment for use in experiments:
- Radionuclide counting facilities: Gamma detectors, alpha detectors, scintillation counter
- Spectroscopy: Infrared, UV-Visible, Laser, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, Synchrotron (at national facilities)
- X-ray diffraction: Powder, Single Crystal
- Microscopy: Scanning, Tunneling
- Analytical: ICP-Atomic Emission, ICP-Mass spectroscopy, Electrospray
UNLV is the ideal location for graduate radiochemistry research. The Radiochemistry Ph.D. program has numerous ties to national and international laboratories, providing opportunities for internships and travel. The program has the capability and expertise to perform experiments with radionuclides, and is close to the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain. Las Vegas offers all the opportunities of a 24-hour city and a range of outdoor activities, including world-class hiking and mountain biking.
The Radiochemistry Program at UNLV has certified processes to ensure that our lab results are accurate and reliable. Our staff works to make certain we have a safe working environment for UNLV students, faculty, researchers and visitors. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program including laboratory management, equipment maintenance and safety training as well as the business functions of the unit. Radiochemistry personnel guide students in the areas of laboratory policies and procedures, safety training, and university policies and procedures regarding academic advancement.