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ITU, Joint Research Centre - Institute for TransUranium elements, Karlsruhe, Germany

The institute for Transuranium elements (ITU), located in Germany, is a Joint Research Center of the European Commission. With more than 50 years of experience in the nuclear field, the institute provides the expertise for the protection of the European citizen against risks associated with the handling and storage of radioactive materials. The work performed in its alpha-laboratories and hot-cells facilities covers a broad field of nuclear research activities relevant to the safety of nuclear power plants, the radioactive waste treatment and disposal, but also for the advancement of basic and applied actinide research. To fulfil its tasks, the Institute for Transuranium Elements is provided with a large number of scientific equipment und unique facilities.

To fulfill its various tasks, the Institute for Transuranium Elements, part of the Joint Research Centre from the European Commission,  is provided with a large number of equipment and unique facilities.
ITU special facilities consist of 24 hot cells with capacities up to 1 Mio Curies and some 400 glove boxes in 30 alpha laboratories.
Within the scope of the TALISMAN Project, the following facilities become accessible*.
They are installed in alpha-boxes or are specially equipped for handling actinide compounds. Some of them are also lead-shielded to receive samples with high gamma-activity.







*The use of some of the facilities within the ACTINET may be restricted because they are also allocated to the Actinide User Laboratory, which is funded by other sources.


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Philippe Raison

Instruments for solid-state properties of actinide compounds:

  • 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy
  • SQUID magnetometry
  • Low temperature and room temperaturetransport properties at ambient and high pressure (diamond cells)

Instruments for the study of thermodynamics, thermophysics and radiation damage:

  • High-temp calorimetry
  • Knudsen cell with mass spectrometer and gas-inlet control
  • Q-GAMES (quantitative Knudsen cell exhaust gas measurement device)
  • Thermal diffusivity
  • Thermal analysis for phase transitions and phase diagram measurements
  • High-resolution electron microscopy (TEM/STEM/EDAX)
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Acoustic microscopy
  • Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
  • Microindentation
  • Impact test, burst test, creep test on spent fuel rodlets

Instruments for analytical or solid-liquid interface chemistry:

  • Electron microprobe
  • SIMS
  • XPS, UPS
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDAX) with micro-manipulator
  • Analytical laboratory for traces and ultra-traces (radiation detection and mass spectrometry)
  • Autoclaves (up to 80 bar) for leaching experiment with oxygen and hydrogen activity sensors
  • Controlled thin film deposition
  • Quartz-nanobalance
  • Electrochemistry cells
  • Alpha spectrometry
  • Optical microscopy