Our Facilities and Labs

Science and Engineering Research Facility

SERF is the principal building in which most of our on-campus experimental research is done. This is a modern research laboratory building that serves multiple academic units across the campus. It houses new radiochemistry laboratories constructed for Director Howard Hall in 2011-12, and these labs provide “wet” radiochemistry space with scrubbed and nuclear-grade HEPA-filtered exhaust capabilities, as well as a 750 ft2 radiochemistry instrument laboratory.

SERF 531/531A is a high-level wet lab suite of approximately 600 square feet.  This room features two radiological fumehoods, each of which is fitted with an integral chemical scrubber for the exhaust. Each hood is also HEPA filtered using individual Flanders bag-in/bag-out HEPA filter units. The effluent from the HEPA filters are monitored with a continuous air monitoring system that detects alpha, beta, and gamma radiation in the outgoing airstream. The room is secured against unauthorized access through the UT campus police central maglock system.

SERF 519 is a low-level instrumentation lab of approximately 750 square feet, with a modular and reconfigurable design. SERF 519 has a ten-foot walk-in hood, and five local capture hoods on utility pods suspended from the ceiling.  n the instrument laboratory, we have completed the installation of a brand-new ICP-time-of-flight-mass spectrometer that is being used to support radiochemical analysis and separations work. The instrument lab has toxic gas handling capability as well. This room is also secured against unauthorized access through the UT maglock system.

Ferris Hall

In 2012, we consolidated our widely-scattered student workspaces into Ferris Hall, along with relocating the nuclear counting labs (both teaching and research labs) from Pasqua Engineering Building. We also have light industrial space in Ferris for radiation detector development and other bench-level development activities.

Pasqua Engineering Building

Pasqua is the main nuclear engineering building, and is approximately 100 meters from the SERF facility. Pasqua houses light industrial laboratory space, our machine shop, and a partially underground, large, open, low-bay space.

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

The Baker Center is one of the iconic buildings on the UT campus. The center is an education and research facility located at 1640 Cumberland Avenue (at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street). The building also houses the Chancellor’s Honors program, the Modern Political Archives and research room, offices for Baker Center staff and fellows, and an executive office for Senator Baker. The center is a 51,527-square-foot, three-level structure clad in brick and Tennessee Marble.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s largest science laboratory has extensive capabilities in nuclear science.  ORNL operates a major research reactor, conducts research on the complete nuclear fuel cycle, and is heavily engaged in supporting US nonproliferation activities.

Y-12 National Security Complex

A major National Nuclear Security Administration production facility for the US Nuclear Weapons Program, Y-12 also supports many cooperative threat reduction programs across multiple agencies in the USG, such as physical security upgrades and training, the HEU transparency program, nuclear materials retrieval missions, etc.