Café Thorium is not really a cafe although we have
been known to serve espresso & latte throughout the worlds
major ocean basins. In fact, we are a serious scientific research
team in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Thorium is just
one of many radioactive elements we measure. We analyze samples
for both natural and man made radionuclides.
» For a fun article
about our work, check out this short piece on serving espresso
and science on the high seas (PDF).
» Here’s a short
course in how Thorium helps us learn about how the ocean works.
Meet the gang of scientists, students and associates of the
Café Thorium and find out how to contact us to learn more
or simply tell us what you like and use on our web site
Services & Facilities
While our T-shirt sales have been temporarily halted, the
Café Thorium does provide radioanalytical services
for the detection of natural and man-made radionuclides in
environmental samples. We also have an archive of large volume
(50 liter) seawater samples from the 1950’s-1980 that
can be available for the right scientific project.