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Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) Instrument

Jonsson Engineering Center, in Lab

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Small Angel X-ray Scattering (SAXS) Instrument

Jonsson Engineering Center, in Lab



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Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI)

405 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180

The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) is a partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, and New York State. Together, the three partners have created one of the world’s most powerful university-based supercomputers. The CCNI, based on the Rensselaer campus and at its Rensselaer Technology Park, in Troy, N. Y., is designed both to help continue the impressive advances in shrinking device dimensions seen by electronics manufacturers, and to extend this model to a wide array of industries that could benefit from nanotechnology.

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The Gaerttner Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Laboratory

NES Building

The Gaerttner Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a major research facility used to conduct basic and applied research. This facility is one of two unique facilities available in the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical,& Nuclear Engineering. The MANE Department is the third largest department in the School of Engineering (SoE) with regard to graduate students and fourth largest with regard to undergraduate students. The LINAC facility plays a vital role in providing the department with valuable resources for undergraduates, graduates, and post doctoral researchers. In addition, industrial contacts, outside researchers, and an experienced technical staff provide added attributes that provide opportunity, diversity, and ability.

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L. David Walthausen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF)

1492 Erie , Blvd., Schenectady , NY

Reactor Critical Facility has provided hands-on education and training for RPI and other students for almost a quarter of a century. Since the middle 1960s, RPI has operated the RCF primarily in a teaching mode in the nuclear engineering department, although limited amounts of reactor research, activation analysis, and reactivity assays have been carried out as well. Recently, a U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) upgrade program supported refueling the RCF with 4.81 wt% enriched UO 2 high-density pellets clad in stainless steel rods. The use of these SPERT (F1) fuel rods in the RCF provided a cost-effective approach to conversion from high-enrichment bomb grade fuel to low-enrichment fuel. More important, however, is the fact that the new fuel is of current interest for light water power reactors with extended lifetime fuel. Thus, not only are critical reactor experiments being carried out on the fuel , but , more importantly, the quality of the education and training has been enhanced.

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