North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has formed a partnership with Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), a U.S. Department of Energy Center of Excellence in nuclear research.
NCCU will become a formal member of the consortium established more than 50 years ago to focus on fundamental and applied nuclear physics in the areas of national nuclear security, homeland security and plant biology. Also involved in the partnership are faculty members, post-doctoral students, graduate students and research scientists from Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
TUNL operates three accelerator facilities at its headquarters on Duke University’s campus – the High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS), the Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA) and the tandem accelerator laboratory – which provide an intellectually- rich environment for educating students and conducting research.
During every three-year funding cycle, the TUNL consortium brings in approximately $25 million in research spending to the Triangle region.