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  1. EUFRAT Program Advisory Committee meeting

    05 Jul 2016 JRC-Geel is organising the 5th Project Advisory Committee meeting of the EUFRAT Transnational Access project on July 5, 2016. The Joint Research Centre, in Geel is running a successful open access programme, entitled 'European Facilities ...

    16 June 2016

  2. Primary isotopic measurements

    Discontinued activity The highest metrological quality of measurements can only be obtained by using primary measurement methods. Isotopic measurements can fulfil the necessary requirements. The JRC uses isotopic techniques to measure reference values for ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Nuclear reference data, materials and measurements

    Reliable measurements of α, β and γ radiation are of great importance for environmental monitoring, medical treatment and nuclear safeguards. The JRC's radionuclide metrology laboratories provide important nuclear decay data such as radionuclide half ...

    02 September 2015

  4. Nuclear materials under extreme conditions

    Nuclear fuels generate very high levels of radiation and heat. In order to understand and reliably predict the behaviour of the fuel matrix and the cladding material, it is essential to have a fundamental knowledge of the high temperature behaviour of the ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Neutron data

    The JRC is by far the largest provider of neutron data in the European Union. The data is generated by measurements at its two large-scale particle accelerators, and is used for the safe operation of nuclear reactors, handling of nuclear waste and investi ...

    22 June 2015

  6. Metrological tools for safeguard activities

    The JRC organises interlaboratory comparisons for conformity assessment for the IAEA Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) and other laboratories in the field. These quality control programmes are under the accredited aim at the analysis of uranium an ...

    01 September 2015

  7. Fundamental properties of actinide materials

    Actinides, the backbone of nuclear fission technologies, find applications in many strategic fields, from space exploration to medical diagnostic and treatments. However, due to the risk associated with their radio-toxicity, it is necessary to carry out r ...

    01 September 2015

  8. Nuclear science base for standardisation

    The JRC is mandated to develop the scientific basis for nuclear safety and security. Emphasis is given to research on fundamental properties and behaviour of actinides, structural and nuclear materials. In support of Union standardisation, the JRC is prov ...

    30 April 2014

  9. New light on how nuclear fission fragments cool down

    16 Jun 2016 In close collaboration with the Swedish University of Chalmers, JRC scientists investigated prompt fission gamma-ray spectra from plutonium isotopes to reduce statistical uncertainties on the model parameters.  The investigation of prompt fiss ...

    16 June 2016

  10. "Quantifying the Sun" ESTI leads the European "Comparisons of broadband-, spectral- radiometers "

    14 Jun 2016 In its role as photovoltaic reference laboratory, the JRC's European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) has developed significant knowledge in the measurement determination and traceability of solar spectral measurements which can be exploite ...

    14 June 2016

  11. Use of reference materials and the estimation of measurement uncertainty

    12 Oct 2016 to 13 Oct 2016 This course provides participants with the theoretical basis for the estimation of measurement uncertainty and establishment of traceability. Measurement uncertainty and traceability are essential for the evaluation of measureme ...

    18 May 2016

  12. Battery energy storage testing for safer, better batteries

    The JRC project BATTEST (BATtery TESTing) focuses on independent performance and safety assessment and includes experimental battery testing and modelling for transport and energy storage applications. The project executes pre-normative research supportin ...

    30 June 2016

  13. National calibration of soil organic carbon concentration using diffuse infrared reflectance spectroscopy

    This study presents the potential of infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) to predict soil organic carbon (SOC) content. A large national soil library was used, including about 3800 samples collected at two soil depths (0–30 and 30–50 cm) using ...

    30 June 2016

  14. Hydrophobic perfluoro-silane functionalization of porous silicon photoluminescent films and particles

    Luminescent structures based on semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly used in biomolecular assays, cell tracking systems, and in-vivo diagnostics devices. The functionalization of such structures with capping molecules providing controlled int ...

    16 June 2016

  15. Filling nanoporous polymer thin films: an easy route toward the full control of the 3D nanostructure

    A novel approach enabling the full control of the 3D nanostructure of polymer thin films is presented. An ordered nanoporous polymer film is obtained using a nanoparticlemonolayer as template. The pores are then filled with a second organic component via ...

    16 June 2016

  16. Strong attachment of circadian pacemaker neurons on modified ultrananocrystalline diamond surfaces

    Diamond is a promising material for a number of bio-applications, including the fabrication of platforms for attachment and investigation of neurons and of neuroprostheses, such as retinal implants. In the current work ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) ...

    16 June 2016

  17. Target Preparation laboratory

    The JRC produces and characterises a variety of targets for high-precision measurements of neutron-reaction data at the GELINA and Van de Graaff accelerators. Targets The targets are thin stable deposits of 6,7,nat LiF, metallic Li, 10 B, tristearine or t ...

    14 July 2014

  18. 60Co in Cast Steel Matrix: a European Interlaboratory Comparison for the Characterisation of New Activity Standards for Calibration of Gamma-ray Spectrometers in Metallurgy

    Two series of activity standards of 60Co in cast steel matrix, developed for the calibration of gamma-ray spectrometry systems in the metallurgical sector, were characterised using a European interlaboratory comparison between twelve National Metrology In ...

    01 June 2016

  19. Unregulated emissions from light-duty hybrid electric vehicles

    The number of registrations of light duty hybrid electric vehicles has systematically increased over the last years and it is expected to keep growing. Hence, evaluation of their emissions becomes very important in order to be able to anticipate their imp ...

    01 June 2016

  20. On-road measurement of NH3 and N2O emissions from a Euro V heavy-duty vehicle

    The use of selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) to abate NOx vehicular emissions brings new concerns on the emissions of the byproducts NH3 and N2O. Therefore, NH3 and N2O on-road emissions from a Euro V truck equipped with a SCR were measured in r ...

    01 June 2016

  21. Analytical laboratories

    The laboratories at IRMM have high-performance instrumentation to match a wide range of analytical measurements. For example, the laboratories for food analysis and reference materials characterisation employ a full range of spectrometric, chromatographic ...

    07 May 2014

  22. Plenary of the ECIBC 2015: Improving breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care in Europe

    09 Dec 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) is built upon the principles of sustainability, continuity and the transparent inclusion of experts and stakeholders to develop a project that will have an impact on br ...

    26 November 2015

  23. Evaluation of the Laboratory Comparison Exercise for NO, NO2, SO2, CO and O3 4th – 9th of October 2015, Langen (D)

    From the 4th to the 9th of October 2015 seven Laboratories of the World Health Organization (WHO) European-Region met for another joint JRC-ERLAP/WHO inter-laboratory comparison exercise (IE). They met at the National Air Quality Reference laboratory at t ...

    25 May 2016

  24. Development of multi-scale structure homogenization approaches based on modeled particle deposition for the simulation of electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices

    In this work multi-scale homogenization approaches for porous electrodes are developed and compared. The results are used for the simulation of mass transport, and charge transfer processes at different active material loadings in various power sources, s ...

    19 May 2016

  25. A study of negligible creep criteria based on EN-10028 standard creep strength and yield properties

    For simplified design of components operating at high temperatures it is recommended to design in the No Creep (NC) or Negligible creep (NEC) temperature regimes of the material. In nuclear design rules (such as RCC-MRx), it is possible to disregard creep ...

    19 May 2016