User Laboratories

The Neutron Science Directorate’s (NScD) user laboratories offer a convenient and safe location for flexible and efficient experiment preparation.

Located on the second floor of the SNS Central Laboratory and Office Building (CLO), the labs are built to enable environmentally friendly operations and optimize available space. With overhead utilities and mobile furniture, the user labs allow for a flexible layout, allowing quick changes to an experimental setup.

The CLO houses a large general chemistry user lab, a smaller user lab with nanomaterial handling capabilities, an x-ray lab, a lab in building 8700 for experiments using beamline instruments, and a support room for supplies.

All user preparation labs contain MBraun glove boxes with helium atmospheres, American Disability Act-compliant fume hoods and safety showers/drench hoses, and basic instruments and equipment for sample preparation, characterization, and analysis. The labs also contain automatic sliding doors and a combination of standard and nonstandard power outlets suitable for a wide range of instrumentation.

The x-ray lab provides multiple instruments for sample analysis by users and staff who submit a proposal or request reservation of equipment in advance.

ORNL’s user laboratories offer support services including sample receiving and tracking, laboratory support for users, chemical management, training, post beam sample handling support, and sample returns upon experiment completion. Our team is dedicated to helping make the user experience at SNS exceptional.