JRC News

  1. 28 Jul 2015

    An important part of safeguards inspections is physical verification measurements at nuclear facilities. In this respect, JRC-IRMM supports these measurements i.e. through reference materials.


  2. 20 Jul 2015

    JRC scientist Stefaan Pommé authored and co-authored 6 papers in a special issue of the journal Metrologia dealing with uncertainty in radioactivity measurements. The knowledge of uncertainty is crucial for the evaluation of the quality of measurement results.

  3. 16 Jul 2015

    The results of a recently carried out proficiency test (PT) on the analysis of trace elements in natural seawater demonstrated the challenges for laboratories because of low levels of trace elements and high salt concentration in the seawater. The use of proper standard analytical methods, such as ISO 17294-2, and sensitive techniques, notably coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was crucial to obtaining a good performance.

  4. 14 Jul 2015

    Which country pays its chemists and chemical engineers the highest salaries? Where can chemists find a new job quickest? Which chemical sub-discipline offers most jobs?

  5. 10 Jul 2015

    JRC scientists have characterised and certified the mass concentration of the cancer marker beta-2-microglobulin as an additional parameter in the certified reference material for proteins in human serum. This work was done in close collaboration with the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) for the standardisation of measurements of proteins.

  6. 8 Jul 2015

    Feed additives play an important role in animal nutrition, addressing aspects such as feed safety, reduction of environmental emissions and sustainability of livestock farming. The latter aspect also includes the high demands for food security, because some of the feed additives significantly improve the feed-to-food mass ratio.

  7. 7 Jul 2015

    Given its physical and chemical properties (ductility, excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance) and its high antimicrobial activity, copper is used in many sectors and industries: building construction, power generation and transmission, electronic product manufacturing, production of industrial machinery and the transportation sector.


  8. 6 Jul 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Stephan Richter from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements examined the merits and limitations of  available mass spectrometric instrumentations for nuclear safeguards applications.

  9. 23 Jun 2015

    JRC scientists developed an algorithm for the calculation of a mean value of discrepant data. This algorithm improves the consistency of reference values and even outperforms the most popular method used in meta-analysis of medical trials.

  10. 16 Jun 2015

    Scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements contributed to experiments at CERN, studying neutron induced fission reactions on the two main uranium isotopes, U-235 and U-238. These reactions are fundamentally important in the field of nuclear technology, particularly for the development of new systems for energy production and nuclear waste transmutation.