Demilitarization Laboratory Support
The Demilitarization Laboratory Support Section in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) develops and provides specialized technology to support the destruction of U.S. Army chemical agent stockpiles. The department provided full chemical agent monitoring and laboratory services to the U.S. Army's first production-scale demilitarization facility at Johnston Atoll. It also supports the Program Manager of Chemical Demilitarization by developing new chemical agent monitoring technologies and designing and evaluating advanced analytical methodologies for the identification of chemical agents and potential interferences. As part of the alternative technologies program research, new methods are developed and validated for neutralizing and destroying chemical agent stockpiles and remediating contaminated sites. The department operates a certified surety laboratory capable of handling chemical agents in a safe and secure environment.
Darrel W. Johnston, Manager
Demilitarization Laboratory Support Technical Strengths
- Environmental monitoring and laboratory services for demilitarization facilities
- Design, fabrication, and testing of advanced monitoring instrumentation
- Bench-scale neutralization and destruction technology assessments
- Development of new techniques for detection and quantification of chemical agents in air, water, soil and complex media