X-ray Detector System Helps Evaluate Facility Contamination


Finding out where heavy metals are and where they aren't is getting easier with a new detector developed in a collaboration between Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University's Center for Non-Destructive Evaluation.

Laser Decontamination of Metals

Zapping contamination with lasers may be just the answer for safely and efficiently treating some of the waste awaiting disposal across the country.

Measurements by Transient Infrared Spectroscopies (TIRS)


An infra-red chemical analysis technique developed at Ames Lab is making the transition from a laboratory technique to an on-line, real-time monitor which is proving useful for a wide variety of applications.

Ultrasonic Characterization of Wastes

It's commonplace for seeing babies in utero, fish underwater and submarines in the ocean, but now sonar technology will be giving DOE an image of the waste in some of its underground storage tanks.

Zero Tension Lysimeters


Monitoring the spread of contamination through soil should be easier now with Ames Laboratory's new zero-tension lysimeter.

The new technology is actually an improved version of conventional lysimeters. Less expensive and easier to install, it should help DOE scientists guard against the spread of contaminants at sites they manage and allow more effective response when contaminant movement is detected.

FTIR-Photoacoustic spectroscopy of solids


Providing a way to rapidly analyze intractable samples, an Ames Laboratory device provides a wealth of chemical information that finds application for everything from characterizing hazardous wastes to answering industrial questions.

LA-ICP-AES using a high resolution fiber optic interferometer


Combining state-of-the-art optics with established spectrometry, Ames Lab researchers are improving the resolution of portable spectrometers to make detailed characterization at some sites easier and less costly.

Electrospray Mass Spectrometry


Applying a common biochemical assessment tool to environmental analyses, researchers have come up with a technology that should speed DOE's remediation work while cutting costs.

Improvements in Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry


Simpler sampling can reduce the hazards, costs and complexity of site assessment, and that's what's on the way for an established analytical technique.

Expedited Site Characterization

Working to save time and money in the characterization of DOE sites, Ames Lab scientists are advancing adoption of innovative technologies along with a more efficient characterization method.