If successful, the proposed instrument will greatly enhance the imaging capabilities at NIST and in the US with immediate appeal to users spanning environmental, industrial, medical, government, and academic communities. Based upon the strong interest we have received from industrial, academic, and government scientists, both in the US and abroad, the proposed system would deliver immediate application for advancing hydrogen technology; a tool for 'discovery to manufacture' investigations. Likewise, medical doctors and cancer drug researchers hope to use the device to study cancer in brain, lung, and nerve tissue, bone degeneration, and drug efficacy. Environmental engineers and biologists, e.g., risk analysis scientists, find keen interest in following nanoparticle fate in the environment and toxicological studies.
The move to hydrogen economy, nanocarriers in medical research and treatment, corrosion in high-tech materials, and nanoparticle fate in the environment sum to a multi-trillion dollar level impact on the economy. Applying the current state of the art neutron radiography, fuel cell researchers estimate that the fuel cell deployment time was advanced by five years. The further technological advantage in fuel cell development made possible by the development of the proposed imaging system could be extrapolated to mean billions of dollars saved in the energy sector from overseas trade and billions of dollars revenue for US interests. Likewise, the medical and toxicological research advanced could reasonably mean saving lives while significantly benefiting the US economy in terms of billions of dollars. The development of the proposed instrument would give valuable insight in the biological systems and work toward understanding global climate change and control.
Even with the existing world-class NCNR neutron beams, the capability of the instrument would not be fully exploited. As the imaging detector nears completion, it will be moved onto a newly designed neutron beam line in the NCNR expansion guide hall. Here, using advanced optics, the instrument will exploit what is likely the most intense beam in the US.
Start Date:October 1, 2007
Lead Organizational Unit:cstl
General Motors Fuel Cell Research
David Holbrook (837)
Related Programs and Projects:
Neutron Imaging Facility (NIF)
Downing, R. G., High Resolution Position Sensitive Neutron Detector (HRPSND), Neutron Radiography, 8:616-621 (2008)