JRC News

  1. 27 Jan 2011

    JRC-IRMM has completed a new batch of large-sized dried spikes for uranium and plutonium (IRMM-1027n). These reference materials are used to measure the uranium and plutonium content of dissolved fuel solutions using isotope dilution mass spectrometry.

  2. 21 Jan 2011

    All EU Member States are highly involved in the ERA-NET scheme, the EU main initiative for fostering public transnational R&D collaboration. This is the main finding of the report "Mapping ERA-NETs across Europe: overview of the ERA-NET scheme and its results", published today by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). ERA-NET facilitates ministries and public research agencies working together to coordinate research policies and to develop joint calls and research programmes.

  3. 20 Jan 2011

    According to the study "Strategic Intelligence Monitor on Personal Health Systems (SIMPHS): Market Structure and Innovation Dynamics", telemedicine can help make a difference in the face of an increasingly heavy burden of demand for service in the health sector. In an ageing Europe, where more and more citizens live with chronic diseases, it can prove very useful.

  4. 19 Jan 2011

    How do measurements influence our daily life? That was the subject of a school competition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).

  5. 19 Jan 2011

    This year, TrainMiC® celebrates its 10th anniversary. To celebrate this, a competition was organised amongst the national teams for designing an anniversary logo. An e-vote was organised and the team from Bosnia and Herzegovina won the competition.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.