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It takes more than know-how to get the job done.
Bioenergy & Gasification
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Catalysis & Synthesis
Environmental Remediation/Restoration
Oil Shale
Refinery Efficiency
Unconventional Fuels

Facilities are a key component of the matrix that ensures the successful execution of WRI technology collaborations.
Western Research Institute conducts research, development and support operations in two locations in Laramie, Wyoming. 

Since the establishment of the Institute in 1983, WRI's headquarters have been in an imposing structure on the northwest corner of the University of Wyoming campus.  This building has been home to WRI’s predecessor entities since it was built in 1947.  Today, the 60,000-sq-ft main facility includes 42 laboratories and administrative offices.  Four satellite buildings house additional transportation technology research and development activities. 

The 22-acre WRI Advanced Technology Center (ATC), which is located one mile north of town, offers room to run and opportunity for growth.  The ATC contains 18 buildings, pilot-plant facilities, analytical laboratories, shops, and offices.  Installed pilot-plant facilities include 22,000 square feet of combustion, pyrolysis, and gasification laboratories and a 4,500-sq-ft Heavy Oil Technology Center. 

A full range of specialized analytical and laboratory testing instruments supports WRI research programs.  Our affiliation with the University of Wyoming (UW) extends our technical and laboratory access even further.  Ultimately, however, facilities are the physical resources that “facilitate” getting the job done.  In that spirit, we’re not confined to buildings, acres or existing equipment.  We are our partners’ resource, wherever we’re needed and whatever it takes.

Instruments & Techniques 
• Atomic Force Microscopy
• Automatic particle size
  analysis system
• Fourier transform infra-
  red (FTIR) including
  mircroscope (ATR)
• Gas chromatograph/
  mass spectrometer
• Gas chromatography with
  various detectors (FID,
• Gel permeation chroma-
  tography (GPC)
• Graphite furnace atomic
• High-performance liquid
  chromatography (HPLC)
• Inductively coupled
  plasma/atomic emission
  spectroscopy (ICP/AES)
• Magnetic resonance
  imaging (MRI)
• Nuclear magnetic
  resonance (NMR)
• Spectrometry (GC/MS)
• Thermogravimetric
  analysis (TGA)
• Thermomechanical
  analysis (TMA)
• Ultraviolet-visible (UV-
  Vis) and fluorescence
• X-ray diffraction (XRD)

Contact :
Vijay K. Sethi
Senior Vice President
Energy Production and Generation

(307) 721-2376
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