We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
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).
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.
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.
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 infrastructure
s 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.