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WKU student, Oak Ridge National Lab researcher will demonstrate device

A researcher from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will visit WKU on Monday afternoon (Oct. 26) for a presentation about a project that has involved WKU physics students.

Bruce Hill of the Sample Environment Group at the Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL will make a presentation about the Portable Automated Gas Environment System (PAGES).

WKU student Nathan Campbell of Beaver Dam, who assisted in programming the PAGES device this summer as a Higher Education Research Experiences intern at the SNS, will demonstrate the PAGES device.

The presentation and demonstration will begin at 4 p.m. at Thompson Complex Central Wing, room 251.

The PAGES device will allow cutting-edge research related to the storage of energy significant gases such as hydrogen and methane on surfaces to be carried out at the SNS in the General User program.

“The job Nathan has done clearly demonstrates what our students are capable of, as well as cutting across the university theme of being of international reach,” said Dr. Edward Kintzel, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “This work clearly will affect science on a global scale.”

Earlier this year, Campbell and two other WKU students developed a software control system for an Automated Gas Environment System (AGES) at the SNS.

PAGES is the next generation of instrumentation to assist scientists and researchers at the accelerator-based neutron source in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The SNS facility provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.

Campbell is one of many students who are benefitting from Dr. Kintzel’s connections with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Kintzel had worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the SNS before joining the WKU physics program in 2008.

In addition to the PAGES and AGES projects, other examples of the impact of Dr. Kintzel’s ties to the SNS and ORNL include the following:

*WKU will be receiving a $2.7 million large-chamber scanning electron microscope from the U.S. Department of Energy. The instrument had been housed at Oak Ridge.

*WKU students, faculty and Gatton Academy students have visited the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Spallation Neutron Source, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, High Flux Isotope Reactor and High Temperature Materials Laboratory. Those trips include presentations by research scientists.

*Students in his Solid State Physics Lab class will travel to the SNS to carry out a research project. They will get tours, hear presentations by scientists, get data and analyze it on-site, and submit their findings in class.

*Students involved in the AGES project also presented a poster of their results as part of a special tour of the SNS during the International Conference on Neutron Scattering last spring.

Contact: Edward Kintzel at (270) 745-6200.

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