Project Description:

This recently completed project includes the renovation of laboratory and student office space on three levels of an existing science building. Sarah Finkeldei, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, explores the interface between materials chemistry and nuclear chemistry to fabricate advanced nuclear fuel candidates, as well as potential nuclear waste forms. The laboratory equipment included furnaces, glove boxes, a scanning electron microscope, and both conventional fume hoods as well as radioisotope hoods. A project challenge was that the existing building laboratory exhaust system could not handle the added static pressure that the filters in the radioisotope exhaust stream would impose. As a result, a new and entirely separate exhaust system had to be designed and installed for her eight radioisotope hoods. To properly design the exhaust stack, the team engaged a wind subconsultant to estimate the proper dispersal of this new source of fumes.