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JRC-ITU researcher Klaus Mayer in the most 100 influential Germans


Klaus Mayer, Action Leader "Forensic Analysis and Combating Illicit Trafficking" from the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Kalsruhe, Germany, has been recognised by the Focus magazine's as one of the top 100 most influential German people. His work has been a key factor in helping to avoid a scenario of a terrorist attack with nuclear smuggled goods and to identify their source.

Within its mission, the JRC-ITU offers a broad spectrum of analytical capabilities for nuclear materials as no other laboratory in Europe, where specialists can trace nuclear materials back to the facility in which they were produced. The JRC's experts have developed a wide range of forensic methods to combat illegal trafficking of nuclear materials and accidentally released nuclear materials. The nature of seized illicitly trafficked radioactive materials and the immediate associated risks are assessed. Furthermore, the JRC-ITU determines the original source of a sample and offers an opinion on the probable intended use.

The JRC has provided scientific and technical support to this work in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for over a quarter of a century, with over 100 scientists and technicians (so-called 'Atomic Detectives'). With these efforts, JRC contributes to enhanced nuclear safety and to an improved security of the European citizen.

Due to this outstanding work in the field of nuclear security and forensics, Focus therefore allocated a well deserved place in the top 100 list to Klaus Mayer.