JRC News

  1. 18 Jan 2011

    Scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) contributed to the development of methods that can identify genuine monastic beers produced by Trappist monks. The method used in a recent study is able to distinguish genuine Trappist beers from other beers, including so-called "Abbey beers", which are mass-produced commercial products. Each beer or wine has a specific chemical profile or "fingerprint", which can be traced with so-called liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

  2. 18 Jan 2011

    JRC-IRMM has released a new uranium reference material, suitable for for verification of inter-calibration of multi-collector mass-spectrometers, especially those equipped with multiple ion counting systems, widely applied for measurements of uranium in nuclear safeguards and earth sciences.

  3. 18 Jan 2011

    JRC-IRMM has released for distribution a certified calibration solution reference material for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) analysis: 15 PAHs in toluene (ERM-AC213).

  4. 13 Jan 2011

    A study carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has opened the door to replacing the current standard method for measuring bromate in drinking water with an improved method, which is more suitable for the tighter current legislative limits.

  5. 13 Jan 2011

    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.

  6. 21 Dec 2010

    Since its online publication in May 2010, the article "An overview of the chemical composition of biomass" has made it to the top 25 articles in 2010 in ScienceDirect. The article is the result of fundamental research by JRC-IE scientists Stanislav V. Vassilev, David Baxter and Lars K. Andersen in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Its popularity lies in a new systematic approach for classifying different biomass types based on their chemical composition.

  7. 21 Dec 2010

    The latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here . It features an editorial by Jim McLaren, the Director-General of the Canadian Institute for National Measurement Standards. This editorial is part of this issue's focus on JRC-IRMM's recent activities during its 50th anniversary including the inauguration of a new laboratory, a conference on the future of reference materials and the graduation ceremony for the first generation of Master's students in "Measurement Science in Chemistry" at JRC-IRMM.

  8. 21 Dec 2010

    The protection of animals used in scientific procedures such as safety testing of chemicals or cosmetics is of great concern to European citizens. Taking up this concern, the European Commission has launched several regulations that underline the European Union's commitment to improve animal welfare (e.g. Cosmetics Directive, REACH chemicals legislation) by promoting the use of alternatives to animal testing. A strong and continuous dialogue with key stakeholders in this area is recognised as pivotal for progress.

  9. 20 Dec 2010

    A new JRC reference report provides the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, describes technological solutions and proposes policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector. Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions which makes its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany's. There is no regulation of international maritime transport emissions yet, but this is currently under discussion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  10. 15 Dec 2010

    JRC-IRMM has released two new certified reference materials for the quality control of ambient air measurements in Europe. The two new CRMs have been developed to match the requirements of European legislation, in particular, the type of matrix (including the particle size) and the type and content of certified analytes. The certified reference materials, ERM-CZ100 and ERM-CZ120, were produced from fine dust that was processed in such a way as to resemble PM10 as close as possible.