JRC News

  1. 17 Feb 2015

    The contribution of JRC to the development of methods for the production of covariance data and new standards for neutron induced reactions were published in Nuclear Data Sheets. The papers were presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Nuclear Data Covariances, April 28 - May 1, 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

  2. 5 Feb 2015

    The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) on Heavy Metals (HM) organised two proficiency tests (PTs) to assess the capability of laboratories to determine cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results show that arsenic and inorganic arsenic remain a challenge for a significant number of laboratories.

     

     

  3. 23 Jan 2015

    The radionuclide 209Po is the principal radiochemical tracer used worldwide to monitor polonium, an element known for its high chemical and radiological toxicity. Measurements performed in the radionuclide metrology laboratory of the JRC show that the reference value of the 209Po half-life used over the last 50 years is in error by 20%.

  4. 19 Jan 2015

    This manual covers proper calibration of PCR methods, estimation of measurement uncertainty, traceability of a measurement result and the way to prove the trueness of an analytical result.

  5. 22 Dec 2014

    The 3rd Neutron Resonance Analysis School was hosted at the EC-JRC-IRMM in Geel, Belgium from 15 to 19 December 2014. The school was organised within the FP7 project CHANDA (Solving Challenges in Nuclear Data for the Safety of European Nuclear Facilities), and in collaboration with the University of Manchester, IAEA, OECD/NEA and CEA.

  6. 3 Dec 2014

    JRC-IRMM has released three aluminium-gold alloy certified reference materials that are expected to continue the success of JRC-IRMM calibration standards for k0-Neutron Activation Analysis.
     

  7. 1 Dec 2014

    Scientists from the JRC and from the Dutch Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) organised the first international interlaboratory study for sizing and quantifying silver (Ag) nanoparticles in two food simulants (distilled water and 10 % aqueous ethanol). 

  8. 28 Nov 2014

    JRC-IRMM re-characterised and issued new certificates for the entire series of uranium hexafluoride certified reference materials (IRMM-019 to IRMM-029). These CRMs represent a unique set of reference materials to be used in process control, nuclear material accountancy and safeguards verification measurements in enrichment plants.

  9. 25 Nov 2014

    JRC scientists developed a formalism to propagate both the correlated and uncorrelated uncertainty components of time-of-flight cross section data generated in the Geel site linear accelerator (GELINA) hosted by the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements.
     

  10. 20 Nov 2014

    Nucleic acids are essential for the information transfer in living materials. Moreover many decisions such as labelling of food products, health diagnostics and treatment of diseases rely on knowledge about the amount of certain nucleic acids. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to have reliable measurement tools at hand.