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Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

Dutch name: Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie

Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

Tel.: +32-(0)14-33 21 11
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Type: Scientific

Persons (22)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Dataset 

Associated to an institute part (2)

Child institutes (2)  Top | Persons | Publications | Dataset 
  • Belgian Nuclear Research Centre; Institute for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), more
  • Belgian Nuclear Research Centre; Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), more

The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre conducts high-level fundamental and applied research in various domains. The research activities are concentrated into 3 scientific institutes:
- Institute for Nuclear Materials Science (NMS) - development and assessment of new and existing materials for their suitability in nuclear applications. The research realises the scientific (physical, chemical, phenomenological) and technical (experimental, empirical) follow-up and prediction of reliable functioning of the materials in their given working conditions;
- Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems (ANS) - research on the development and the testing of technologies and instrumentation for new reactors. New nuclear measuring techniques, reactor modelling and reactor safety are also examined. These competences are aimed at the realisation of an innovative research installation;
- Institute for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) - focus on potential effects of ionising radiation on our health and the environment and study the behaviour and the impact of radioactive materials in air, geosphere and biosphere. Radiation protection, decommissioning and waste disposal are the main pillars. This institute also pays attention to services, safeguards and policy support, and examines the integration of social and ethical aspects in nuclear applications.

The marine research is based on the Biosphere Impact Studies unit within the institute EHS and focuses on marine radioecology and aquatic dispersion modelling with significant contributions to modelling the effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident (but also e.g. assessment of the dispersion and impact from releases from Sellafield). Marine radioecology has traditionally focused on transfer and impact of radionuclides in marine biota. The team was part of the UNSCEAR team performing the first international assessment of the impact of accidental discharges from the Fukushima accident to the marine environment, and they collaborate with IAEA for the MODARIA programme, modelling the impact of radiation on populations of non-human biota. For dispersion modelling, the focus is on modelling the transport of radionuclides across the continuum river - estuary - coastal zone with focus on Belgian estuaries and coastline potentially receiving accidental releases from nuclear reactors. Main research interests therefore lie on measuring the transfer of radionuclides from the environment to living organisms and assessing the radiological effects, with key publications on to this topic. In addition, the group LRM (low-level radioactivity measurements) can deal with radiometric analysis. LRM is a member of the ALMERA network of IAEA and contributes via the Belgian Agency of Nuclear Control (FANC) to the determination of radioactive substances in the North Sea in the framework of the OSPAR convention. The expert group NST (Nuclear Science and Technology Studies) can deal with the social aspects of marine research (e.g. following contamination of the marine environment).

Publications (20)  Top | Persons | Institutes | Dataset 
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  • Peer reviewed article Beerten, K.; Meylemans, E.; Kasse, C.; Mestdagh, T.; Van Rooij, D.; Bastiaens, J. (2021). Networks of unusually large fossil periglacial polygons, Campine area, northern Belgium. Geomorphology (Amst.) 377: 107582., more
  • Peer reviewed article Durce, D.; Salah, S.; Wang, L.; Maes, N. (2020). Complexation of Sn with Boom Clay natural organic matter under nuclear waste repository conditions. Appl. Geochem. 123: 104775., more
  • Peer reviewed article Hoving, A.L.; Sander, M.; Frederickx, L.; Dugulan, A.I.; Bruggeman, C.; Behrends, T. (2020). What does mediated electrochemistry reveal about regional differences in the redox properties of Boom Clay? Appl. Geochem. 120: 104681., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandenberghe, N.; Wouters, L.; Scheltz, M.; Beerten, K.; Berwouts, I.; Vos, K.; Houthuys, R.; Deckers, J.; Louwye, S.; Laga, P.; Verhaegen, J.; Adriaens, R.; Dusar, M. (2020). The Kasterlee Formation and its relation with the Diest and Mol Formations in the Belgian Campine. Geol. Belg. 23(3-4): 265-287., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vanhoudt, N.; Vandenhove, H.; Leys, N.; Janssen, P. (2018). Potential of higher plants, algae, and cyanobacteria for remediation of radioactively contaminated waters. Chemosphere 207: 239-254., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vives i Batlle, J.; Aoyama, M.; Bradshaw, C.; Brown, J.; Buesseler, K.O.; Casacuberta, N.; Christl, M.; Duffa, C.; Impens, N.R.E.N.; Iosjpe, M.; Masque, P.; Nishikawa, J. (2018). Marine radioecology after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident: Are we better positioned to understand the impact of radionuclides in marine ecosystems? Sci. Total Environ. 618: 80-92., more
  • Peer reviewed article Props, R.; Kerckhof, F.-M.; Rubbens, P.; De Vrieze, J.; Hernandez Sanabria, E.; Waegeman, W.; Monsieurs, P.; Hammes, F.; Boon, N. (2017). Absolute quantification of microbial taxon abundances. ISME J. 11(2): 584-587., more
  • Peer reviewed article Props, R.; Monsieurs, P.; Mysara, M.; Clement, L.; Boon, N. (2016). Measuring the biodiversity of microbial communities by flow cytometry. Methods Ecol. Evol. 7(11): 1376-1385., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vives i Batlle, J. (2016). Dynamic modelling of radionuclide uptake by marine biota: application to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. J. Environ. Radioactivity 151(Part 2): 502-511., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vives i Batlle, J. (2016). Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine biota, five years later. Integr. Environ. Assess. Manag. 12(4): 654-658., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vives i Batlle, J.; Beresford, N.; Beaugelin-Seiller, K.; Bezhenar, R.; Brown, J.; Cheng, J.; Cujic, M.; Dragovic, S.; Duffa, C.; Fievet, B.; Hosseini, A.; Jung, K.; Kamboj, S.; Keum, D.; Kryshev, A.; LePoire, D.; Maderich, V.; Min, B.; Perianez, R.; Sazykina, T.; Suh, K.; Yu, C.; Wang, C.; Heling, R. (2016). Inter-comparison of dynamic models for radionuclide transfer to marine biota in a Fukushima accident scenario. J. Environ. Radioactivity 153: 31-50., more
  • Peer reviewed article Beresford, N.; Beaugelin-Seiller, K.; Burgos, J.; Cujic, M.; Fesenko, S.; Kryshev, A.; Pachal, N.; Real, A.; Su, B.; Tagami, K.; Vives i Batlle, J.; Vives-Lynch, S.; Wells, C.; Wood, M. (2015). Radionuclide biological half-life values for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. J. Environ. Radioactivity 150: 270-276., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vives i Batlle, J.; Aono, T; Brown, E; Hosseini, A; Gamier-Laplace, J; Sazykina, T; Steenhuisen, F; Strand, P (2014). The impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident on marine biota: retrospective assessment of the first year and perspectives. Sci. Total Environ. 487: 143-153., more
  • Peer reviewed article Howard, B.J.; Beresford, N.A.; Copplestone, D.; Telleria, D.; Proehl, G.; Fesenko, S.; Jeffree, R.A.; Yankovich, T.L.; Brown, J.E.; Higley, K.; Johansen, M.P.; Mulye, H.; Vandenhove, H.; Gashchak, S.; Wood, M.D.; Takata, H.; Andersson, P.; Dale, P.; Ryan, J.; Bollhofer, A.; Doering, C.; Barnett, C.L.; Wells, C. (2013). The IAEA handbook on radionuclide transfer to wildlife. J. Environ. Radioactivity 121: 55-74., more
  • Peer reviewed article Rogiers, B.; Beerten, K.; Smeekens, T.; Mallants, D.; Gedeon, M.; Huysmans, M.; Batelaan, O.; Dassargues, A. (2013). Derivation of flow and transport parameters from outcropping sediments of the Neogene aquifer, Belgium. Geol. Belg. 16(3): 129-147, more
  • Peer reviewed article Tracy, B.; Carini, F.; Barabash, S.; Berkovskyy, V.; Brittain, J.; Chouhan, S.; Eleftheriou, G.; Iosjpe, M.; Monte, L.; Psaltaki, M.; Shen, J.; Tschiersch, J.; Turcanu, C. (2013). The sensitivity of different environments to radioactive contamination. J. Environ. Radioactivity 122: 1-8., more
  • Peer reviewed article Di Maria, S.; Ottolini, M.; Malambu Mbala, E.; Sarotto, M.; Castelliti, D. (2012). Neutronic characterization and decay heat calculations in the in-vessel fuel storage facilities for MYRRHA/FASTEF. Energy Convers. Mgmt. 64: 522-529., more
  • Peer reviewed article Liu, J.; Yang, J.-B.; Ruan, D.; Martinez, L.; Wang, J. (2008). Self-tuning of fuzzy belief rule bases for engineering system safety analysis. Annals of Operations Research 163(1): 143-168., more
  • Peer reviewed article Van den haute, P.; Frechen, M.; Buylaert, J.-P.; Vandenberghe, D.; De Corte, F. (2003). The last interglacial palaeosol in the Belgian loess belt: TL age record. Quat. Sci. Rev. 22(10-13): 985-990., more
  • Beerten, K.; De Craen, M.; Leterme, B. (2014). Long-term evolution of the surface environment of the Campine area, northeastern Belgium: first assessment. Geol. Soc. Lond. Spec. publ. 400: 33-51., more

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  • Bacteria (16S ssu rRNA) in an Antarctic snow sample, more

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