Reactor Institute TU Delft official partner of International Atomic Energy Agency

News - 01 November 2016

The Reactor Institute Delft (RID), the nuclear research reactor at TU Delft, has been selected as a Collaborating Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the third time.

This renewed designation for the period of 2016 until 2020 confirms the importance of TU Delft in the area of nuclear technology. It specifically highlights the RID’s efforts in fostering, enhancing and sustaining research reactor utilization, as well as demonstrating the relevance and unique opportunities of neutron-activation and neutron-beam based methodologies.

The RID was selected on the basis of the following main activities:

  • Improving the quality and quantity of neutron activation analysis (NAA).
  • Applying NAA in trace element research and tracer methods as related to humans.
  • Improving the utilization of the research reactor and neutron sources with PEARL-like diffractometers and other neutron-scattering instruments.
  •  Improving the management of research reactors and accelerator-based neutron sources.

About the Reactor Institute Delft (RID)

The Reactor Institute Delft (RID) is the knowledge centre in the Netherlands for radiation-related research and education. It hosts scientific visits, offers training courses and provides expert services and access to its facilities. Research is carried out in various fields, such as sustainable energy, materials and health. For instance, it contributes to the improvement of solar cells, batteries and medical isotopes for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The RID has been part of the network of IAEA Collaborating Centres since February 2009. At the moment, the network consists of 25 collaborating centres spread around the world. Seven of them are located in Europe. The RID focuses specifically on giving advice and support on the basis of its scientific knowledge.

About the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The IAEA is the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field. It promotes the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

An official plaque was handed out during the IAEA general conference in Vienna, Austria. From left to right: Mr Ridikas, Research Reactor Specialist IAEA; Mr Linssen, General Manager RID; Mr Hennis, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN in Vienna; Mr Malavasi, Deputy Director General Nuclear Sciences and Applications IAEA; Ms Venkatesh, Director Physical and Chemical Sciences and Ms Colinet.