Seminar Details

Atoms for Innovation

Bryan Tomlin, Dow Chemical
Wednesday, May 1, 4:10 PM - Nuclear Science Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall

Sixty years ago the United States launched the “Atoms for Peace” initiative to promote uses of nuclear science that improve the human condition. For forty-five of those years The Dow Chemical Company, headquartered in Midland, MI, has been working toward the same end, using nuclear science as an analytical tool to drive innovative chemistry solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, like the demand for clean water, energy generation and conservation, and greater agricultural productivity. Dow maintains in-house capabilities in neutron activation analysis (NAA), which is a powerful tool for the elemental characterization of a wide variety of materials. Generally associated with university and government research reactors, NAA is a mature technique that still retains many of its advantages over traditional wet-chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis. The present talk will provide an overview of the NAA capabilities at Dow and illustrate the value NAA brings to the company.