Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), is a United States national laboratory located in Upton, New York on Long Island, and was formally established in 1947 at the site of Camp Upton, a former U.S. Army base. Its name stems from its location in the greater area of the Town of Brookhaven.
Brookhaven, which originally was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission, is now owned by the Commission’s successor, the United States Department of Energy, which subcontracts the actual research and operation to universities and research organizations. It is currently operated by Brookhaven Science Associates LLC, which is an equal partnership of Stony Brook University and Battelle Memorial Institute. It was operated by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), from 1947 until 1998 when Associated lost the contract in the wake of a scandal when tritium leaked into the Long Island Central Pine Barrens groundwater on which it sits.
Co-located with the laboratory is the Upton, New York forecast office of the National Weather Service.
BNL is staffed by approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel, and hosts 4,000 guest investigators every year. Discoveries made at the lab have won seven Nobel Prizes.
The laboratory has its own police station, fire department, and postal code (11973). In total, the lab spans a 5,265-acre (21 km2) area. BNL is served by a rail spur operated as-needed by the New York and Atlantic Railway.
Brookhaven National Laboratory research articles from Innovation Toronto
- Scientists’ use of common glass to optimize graphene’s electronic properties could improve technologies from flat screens to solar cells – February 13, 2016
- Intense Lasers Cook Up Complex, Self-Assembled Nanomaterials – May 15, 2015
- Supercomputers Reveal Strange, Stress-Induced Transformations in World’s Thinnest Materials – July 20, 2014
- New superconductor theory may revolutionize electrical engineering
- Scientists collaborate to maximize energy gains from tiny nanoparticles
- Mixing Nanoparticles to Make Multifunctional Materials
- Filmmaking Magic With Polymers
- Lyme Disease Vaccine Shows Promise in Clinical Trial
- Recipe for Low-Cost, Biomass-Derived Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
- New Catalyst to Make Hydrogen 1000 times less Expensive
- A Basic — And Slightly Acidic — Solution for Hydrogen Storage
- Rising Air Pollution Worsens Drought, Flooding
- More Efficient Dyed Cells Offer Hope for Cheap Solar Windows
- Super Energy Storage: Activated Graphene Makes Superior Supercapacitors for Energy Storage
- Wearable scanner opens new pathways in the study of brain function
- Engineering plants to make plastics
- New transparent, light-harvesting material could lead to power generating windows