Nuclear Environmental Engineering Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management (NEESRWM)


Advanced Materials Center (Rich Laboratory)
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The Rich Lab houses laboratory space available for conducting sponsored research in a total of 24 laboratories ranging in size from 300 to over 900 square feet. There are also several dedicated purpose laboratories, including an instrument room equipped various state-of-art instruments listed below, a low-level counting laboratory, a radiochemical separations laboratory, an organic separations laboratory, a biotechnology laboratory, a laminar-flow clean room, and a two-story open-bay laboratory, in addition to numerous general purpose laboratories. Also included are research support areas, comprising a darkroom, an autoclave and media preparations room, and a gas cylinder storage area. A loading dock for receiving supplies and environmental samples is conveniently located adjacent to the various storage rooms. The Department also has a machine, fabrication and electronics shop with a full time staff member.

Additionally, in 1996 Clemson University received a gift from WMX, Inc., the Clemson Technical Center (next door to Rich Lab), which is a premier radioactive and mixed waste technology development and demonstration laboratory. This building was later renamed the Clemson Engineering Technologies Laboratory (CETL). Clemson University is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to conduct research with a range of fission/activation products (for example, 3H, 57Co, 60Co, 90Sr, 99Tc, 137Cs), uranium isotopes (232U, 233U, 234U, 235U, and 238U), and transuranics (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 237Np, 244Cm, 252Cf). The EEES department maintains three radiochemistry laboratories within the Rich Lab and three radiochemistry laboratories in the CETL facility.

The Rich Lab is located next to the Clemson University building that houses the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL). In addition to individual laboratories for materials-based research, the AMRL building houses the Center for Optical materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) and the University’s Electron Microscope (EM) Facility ( The EM Facility is a state of the art, Multiuser facility with a wide range of equipment, including SEMs (Hitachi S3500N, Hitachi S-3400N, Hitachi S4800), a Hitachi HD2000 STEM, a Hitachi H7600T TEM, a Hitachi FB2000A Focused Ion Beam, a KRATOS AXIS 165 XPS, and a Scintag XDS 2000XRD. Other equipment available in the AMRL building includes an array of instruments for materials characterization (e.g., gas and liquid chromatography; UV, Vis, NIR and IR spectroscopes; NMR; particle size/zeta analyzer and PCS; and TGA, DSC and TMA).