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Laboratories & facilities

The JRC runs an air pollution research observatory, contributing to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (UNECE-EMEP).

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has state-of-the-art equipped laboratories for studies on nanomaterials.

Its institutional work focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomaterial properties and their interactions with biological systems in order to support the safe and sustainable development of nanotechnology.

Liquid Lead Laboratory (LILLA)

LILLA allows performing mechanical tests in liquid lead with controlled dissolved oxygen concentrations up to 650°C. It gives the possibility to study liquid metal embrittlement phenomena, other material-liquid lead interactions, and test lead chemistry instrumentation.

Through performance of qualification tests on candidate structural materials for Generation-IV lead cooled fast reactors and for MYRRHA accelerator-driven research reactor, LILLA contributes to feasibility and safety assessments of the heavy liquid metal coolant technology for nuclear applications.


Specialised research laboratory supporting remote sensing ocean colour calibration and validation activities through the absolute calibration of passive and active optical instruments, the determination of the inherent optical properties of sea water constituents and the quantification of relevant phytoplankton pigment concentrations.

Marine Lab

The MELISSA laboratory is a state-of-the art experimental facility for developing innovative surveillance applications in the maritime domain. MELISSA stands for Mimo Enhanced LInear Short Synthetic Aperture radar. Its focus is on new ways of using radars and developing the associated instrumentation – it has the capability to prototype small Radio Frequency (RF) devices, such as miniaturized radar front-end and RF receiver, and it is equipped with RF instruments for test and measurements up to 18 GHz.

Micro-Characterization Laboratory

MCL is dedicated to the study of microstructure and micromechanics. Such studies contribute to the understanding of synergistic effects of material degradation in nuclear environments.

This is of cross-cutting relevance to the safe long-term operation of current Nuclear Power Plants, and the safe design for 60+ years operation of advanced nuclear systems.

The facilities include high resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and microanalysis, Atomic Force Microscopy, high temperature nanoindentation tester, in-situ micromechanical testing inside the SEM.


MAIS is infrastructures for microstructural characterisation and materials degradation studies. The facilities include scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, metallography, 3D X-ray computed tomography with comprehensive image analysis and defect visualization capabilities for cracks, creep damage, grain boundary decohesion, dimensional analysis etc., X-ray diffraction, 3D profilometer, thermo-electric power and Barkhausen noise measurements.


The Molecular Ecotoxicology and Microbiology is an environmental  molecular biology lab focussed on the implementation of innovative technologies to  forefront  the policy need in medium and long term perspectives.


The JRC's linear electron accelerator facility (GELINA) is one of the best pulsed white spectrum neutron sources available in the world.


The JRC is using the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure in the context of detection and characterisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). JRC's NGS bioinformatics infrastructure has the capacity to store, manage and analyse the large quantity of data produced by the sequencer, which corresponds to some terabytes of hard disk space and has a transferring speed of up to 10 Gigabit/sec.