The excitement of last week was precipitated by Brett and I.

F3 had run out of boron liquid source, so I decided we could switch it for F12’s source since that furnace has been down for years. We very carefully carried the F12 source and cooler over to F3. Brett lifted out the empty source while I lifted out the full source and we swapped the coolers they were in. As I put the fragile, quartz container into the cooler, I noticed a lot of clear liquid coming up the sides of the cooler, and when I had full placed it and looked at my gloves, they were wet. Then I saw some drops on the floor, and I turned to Brett and said: “Um, we have to evacuate the lab now”.

So we did.

When LDOT heard there was a potential BBr3 spill, they also closed the labs below the ground floor labs, put on full sperm suits complete with oxygen tanks and everything, and it took them about 1.5 hours to even prepare to go in.

After about an hour of tests, it was determined that it was just water that had condensed on the outside of the quartz containers. But we were all safe! And we can still do boron diffusions. Yay!

Wednesday I’m off for the World Solar Challenge with Yael and Andy. I supervised a bunch of second year students who worked on the car for their second year design project, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Also going to hit Kakadu National Park, Uluru, the Olga’s, King’s Canyon, and a few other notable places across the outback of Australia along the way. Expect some good pictures soon!

One Response to “BBr3”

  1. Dad Says:

    Glad to hear the boron incident worked out. Kakadu park sounds interesting and large. You’ll have to try the barramundi, sounds like a super-sized perch or walleye, which are two of the tastiest fish around.

    Love Dad

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