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 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.
According to the November issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, published yesterday, large parts of central Europe still experience dry soil conditions. Strong rainfall deficits hampered field preparations and sowing operations, with consequences on plant emergence and early crop development.
The sowing window for rapeseed is now closed. Germany, eastern Poland and northern Czechia are expected to experience significant reduction in rapeseed area.
Soft wheat can still be (re)sown in some countries, albeit not optimally.
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.
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.
Monitoring station for turbulent exchange processes, i.e. fluxes, of greenhouse gases between atmosphere and biosphere (Mediterranean Pine forest).
The station is part of the ESFR Landmark ICOS. It is continuously running 24 / 7.