EU Science Hub

Laboratories & facilities

WISL hosts specialized analytical equipment for environmental chemical analysis of priority pollutants and compounds of emerging concern with special focus on the natural and urban water cycles. The lab is used to assessment both the chemical status of water bodies as well as technology for water purification.


The laboratories are used for the mechanical performance characterisation, life assessment and qualification of structural materials for present and next generation nuclear systems.

The laboratory represents a versatile ‘work horse’ serving the execution of various institutional projects, as well as many Indirect Actions, with emphasis on pre-normative research.


In the context of the Digital Single Market, RSL supports research and experiments related to the EU policy on radio spectrum and wireless communications including next generation mobile networks 5G.

The RSL uses the EMSL key experiment infrastructure as part of its test and experimentation facility.


The REM action is to support the EC in collecting, validating and reporting information on the radiological situation of Europe's environment, in view of providing qualified information to policy makers and the public, as well as to the scientific community for further research.


NTA consists of a set of installations for the chemical, physical and spectroscopic analysis of actinide and nuclear materials. The objectives are to analyse radioactive bulk and particle samples in the framework of the nuclear safeguards and forensics programmes as well as to support nuclear safety activities.


The laboratories are used for provision of certified nuclear reference materials, for state-of-the-art reference measurements on nuclear material and environmental samples and for the organisation of Inter-laboratory comparisons on samples analysed in fissile material control and for environmental traces characteristic for the nuclear fuel cycle.


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.

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.

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.