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Enhancing Nuclear Safety


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Radiochemistry Laboratory (LRC)

The Radiochemistry Laboratory is located at Fontenay-aux-Roses, in the Paris region. Managed by François Rebière, it comprises 9 personnel including 2 chemists, 1 physician, 1 doctorand, 1 post-doctorate, 2 chemical and physical measurement technicians and 1 bio-physical technician. The laboratory also regularly welcomes university students, doctorands and post-doctorates.

 


Summary

 

 

 

Context and research themes

 

The LRC's research themes are:

  • internal contamination treatment,
  • radiochemistry,
  • SIMS technique.

 

 

Research axes


The LRC's main mission is to:

  • Improve (in terms of sensitivity and response time) the radio toxicological analysis methods of actinides in the biological environment, in order to optimize monitoring of workers in the nuclear industry exposed to an internal contamination risk by alpha emitters;
  • Study, using “ Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry” (SIMS), the elementary distribution profiles on the tissue and cell scale in organs after internal contamination, for better understanding of the radionuclide fixation mechanisms and health consequences. This work will contribute to refine the existing dose calculation models;  
  • As a consequence of the IRSN missions quoted in various ministerial orders and decrees, contribute to the advice that the IRSN gives, for example, for accreditation of French Medical Biology Analysis Laboratories (LABM);
  • Within the current radiation protection context, extend its field of competence to surveillance in the medical environment (professionals and patients) and to that of the population.

 

 

Specialties and researchers 

Céline Bouvier-Capély, radiochemist

Géraldine Landon, pharmacist

Guillaume Phan, pharmacist

Christine Tessier, physicist

François Rebière, chemist and head of laboratory 

 

 

Facilities and techniques

 

  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS)
  • Mass spectrometer coupled with induced plasma (ICP-MS)
  • Alpha spectrometry measurement systems
  • Beta counters

 

 

Partnership and research networks

 

The Radio-chemical Laboratory works in collaboration with universities (Lyon I, Paris School of Chemistry), the Xavier Bichat medical faculty, the Chatenay-Malabry pharmacy faculty and nuclear medicine services (CHI Le Raincy – Montfermeil, Saint-Antoine Hospital, Beaujon APHP Hospital). It collaborates with numerous international institutes within the framework of research contracts jointly financed by the European Union. The Radio-chemical Laboratory also participates in production of AFNOR and ISO standards in the field of internal dosimetry


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Reportage : Faibles doses : étude de la distribution des isotopes de l'uranium à l'échelle cellulaire Légende : Préparation sous hotte d'un échantillon avant son inclusion dans la résine pour analyse au microscope  Crédits : Noak/Le bar Floréal/IRSN

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Contact

François Rebière, head of laboratory

 

IRSN/PRP-HOM/SDI

Radiochemistry Laboratory (LRC)

BP 17
92262 Fontenay-aux-Roses cedex
France

 

By Phone : +33 (0)1 58 35 80 38

 


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