Scientific Laboratories at SNS

A new complex of laboratories is now open at SNS, providing a flexible, mobile environment where users can work efficiently.

The labs, on the second floor of the SNS Central Laboratory and Office Building, are built with "green" operations in mind, as well as to optimize the available space for researchers' ever-changing scientific needs. With overhead utilities and mobile furniture, the complex's 13 labs allow staff to easily reconfigure the layout of equipment and quickly change an experiment's setup as needed.

"We surveyed more than 900 users on what they needed, and they gave us a wish list," says Chrissi Schnell, the Neutron Scattering Science Division scientific laboratory coordinator.

Students in the SNS chemistry lab practice pipetting water.

Students in the SNS chemistry lab practice pipetting water.

The lab suite has features such as a cold room, which will be kept at 8°C, outlets and workbenches so that researchers can run equipment for long periods of time, and a furnace closet for solid-state synthesis with a wall with cable management to organize power and gas lines.

The labs also contain standard American Disability Act-compliant fume hoods and safety showers, automatic sliding doors for hands-free access, and a combination of standard and non-standard power outlets suitable for different instrumentation.

The labs provide a controlled environment for testing new instruments before they go on the beam line. SNS staff have also been working with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to set up a neighboring lab with various x-ray equipment.

Chrissi and lab staff will be on hand to provide services to the researchers such as chemical management and training. "We are here to meet the needs of the researchers and provide them with excellent customer service," Chrissi says.

Available Laboratory Supplies

Glassware/Chemical Storage

  • Beakers
  • Burettes
  • Centrifuge Tubes: 0.5 ml, 1.5ml, 15ml, 50ml ,1L
  • Crystallization Dishes
  • Erlenmeyer Flasks
  • Funnels
  • Glass Bottles: 50 to 2000 ml
  • Glass Dropper Bottles
  • Graduated Cylinders
  • Metal Jars: 2, 4 & 8 oz.
  • Membrane Boxes
  • Multi-Well Plates
  • Pasteur Pipettes (Small & Large)
  • Petri Dishes
  • Plastic Pipettes (Small & Large)
  • Plastic Bottles (Nalgene): 30, 60, 125, 250, 500 and 1000 ml
  • Racks for Test Tube, etc.
  • Round Flask
  • Shaker Flask
  • Reflux and Distillation Columns
  • Test tubes
  • Vials: 1, 2 and 4 dram; 50-500 ml; Round 2oz.
  • Volumetric Flasks
  • Waste Bottles

Cleaning Supplies

  • Brushes
  • Detergent
  • Goof-off
  • Hand soap
  • Kim wipes (Small & Large)
  • Laboratory Cleaners
  • Paper Towels
  • Soaker Pads and Pigs
  • SatWipes (Isopropyl)
  • Sponges
  • Windex

General Laboratory Supplies

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Atmospheric Bags
  • Batteries: 9V, AA, AAA, C, D
  • B├╝chner Funnel
  • Cover Slips for Microscope Slides
  • Culturing Supplies (Loop, Needle, Spreader, and Tubes)
  • Cuvettes
  • Electronic and Manual Micropipetters
  • Filters - Millipore
  • Filter Paper
  • High Vacuum Grease
  • Microscope Slides
  • Mortar and Pestles
  • Needles (Blunt Tipped)
  • Parafilm
  • Paintbrushes
  • pH Paper
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Pipette Bulbs
  • Pipette Tips for Micropipetters
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Q-tips
  • Razor Blades (By Request)
  • Rubber Stoppers
  • Spatulas
  • Stir bars
  • Stretch Film
  • Syringes: 1cc, 3cc 12cc, 35cc, and 60 cc
  • Thermometer
  • Trays
  • Tubing (various)
  • Tweezers
  • Tools (Wrench, screwdriver, hammer, etc.)
  • Tongs
  • Weighing Dishes
  • Weighing Paper

Office and Paper Products

  • Calculators
  • Chemical Labels
  • Pencils, Pens, Scissors, etc.
  • Tape: Duct, Electrical, Invisible, Packing, Teflon, Time, etc.
  • Ziploc Bags
A well-appointed chemistry lab serves HFIR users.

A well-appointed chemistry lab serves HFIR users.

Specialty Supplies

  • Desiccators and Covers
  • Dialysis Kits
  • Electrophoresis Supplies
  • Glass Box
  • Heat Gun
  • Lab Jacks
  • Nitrogen Dewar
  • Regulator
  • Sharps Box
  • Timer


  • Acetone
  • Chloroform (by request)
  • Ethanol
  • Hexane (by request)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Methanol
  • Toluene
  • Others by request

Protective Equipment

  • Aprons
  • Calgonate
  • Dust Masks
  • Ear Plugs
  • Face Shields
  • Goggles
  • Gloves: Nitro, Latex, Neoprene
  • Gloves for Cryogens and Heat
  • Gloves for Sharps and Glass
  • Lab Coats
  • Safety Glasses
  • Shoe Covers
  • Tyvek Suits