More than energy: A nuclear research facility for a brighter world

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McMaster University’s 24,000 square foot nuclear research facility is a global leader in the development, production and commercialization of radiopharmaceuticals and isotopes that create better health outcomes for people, worldwide.

AUG. 23, 2021 – When people think about nuclear science and engineering at McMaster University, the research reactor might be top of mind. But adjacent to the reactor resides the university’s High Level Laboratory Facility (HLLF). At more than 24,000 square feet, the HLLF is one-of-a-kind in Canada.

The HLLF has research applications utilizing substantial quantities of unsealed sources of radioactivity. The facility includes 35 licensed laboratories, hot cells dedicated to research, remote neutron irradiation capabilities, and a clean room for radiopharmaceutical production.

It houses an isotope development lab, technical support services, isotope quality assurance systems, the McMaster Centre for Neutron Activation Analysis, a Health Physics analysis lab and the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization. It includes radiochemistry and radiation biology research groups.

What does it all mean? The HLLF is home to discoveries in medicine, clean energy, nuclear safety, materials and environmental science with far-reaching positive impacts for Canadians and people around the world. This includes diagnosis and treatment of some of the most challenging health issues and development of safer, more effective nuclear power as an important energy source that does not contribute to climate change.

As McMaster’s tagline suggests, it means a brighter world.

Click here to learn more about the HLLF.