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Radiation Science & Technology


Head of the department: prof. dr. H. Th. Wolterbeek

Radiation ties the Radiation Science and Technology department together. The focus of our research is on energy and health. However various our interests, whether they be materials, sensors and instrumentation, energy and sustainable production or health, all our research is somehow related to radiation. The close collaboration with the Reactor Institute Delft  guarantees access to the reactor and the irradiation facilities.

We have wonderful plans for the future, with more and even better facilities, under the acronym OYSTER.  In order to keep up with European and global developments, the Netherlands needs a strong knowledge centre with its own small, but significant, radiation source and associated instrumentation. Therefore we present our ambition for the future OYSTER: Optimised Yield - for Science, Technology and Education - of Radiation. 
The department consists of five research groups:
Nuclear Energy and Radiation Applications designs and analyses new nuclear reactor systems to improve the sustainability of nuclear power.
Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Energy investigates functional and structural materials with a view toward practical applications. The main focus is on the relation between structure, dynamics and function on atomic and nano scales.
Neutron and Positron Methods in Materials develops instruments and methods for optimal use of neutrons and positrons, mostly for use with the large, international facilities.
Radiation and Isotopes for Health innovates and optimises the use of radiation and radioisotopes in the health sciences. The research focuses on innovative production pathways and applications of radioisotopes, but also on radioactive compounds, radiation burden and image quality in diagnostics and therapy.
Radiation Detection & Medical imaging directs its research and education into the detection and use of radiation (including light quanta, X-rays and gamma radiation, neutrons, electrons and positrons, protons, and light ions) and into luminescence materials (gamma ray scintillators, neutron scintillators, storage phosphors, luminescence phosphors).

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