The Institute for Nuclear Research has been established in 1971 according to IAEA recommendation, with the mission to provide the scientific and technological platform necessary for development, implementation and deployment of the national nuclear power program. Following the Romanian decision for CANDU technology in 1977, the institute contributed to the PHWR technology transfer and local manpower development, acting continuously as a scientific and technical support for the nuclear power program in the country.

The mission of the Institute has the following main components: provide the scientific and technical support for the Cernavoda NPP units during its lifetime; provide the scientific and technical support for the next NPP in Romania; develop R&D activities and programs for the advanced reactors and fuel cycles including generation IV; develop technologies for non-power nuclear application including radioisotopes production for medicine; provide services and products for the nuclear market; operate, maintain and develop the research infrastructure; international cooperation; education and training for nuclear power program. The Institute operates a complex infrastructure having as main components two TRIGA reactor cores (a steady state 14 MW and a pulsed one), hot cells, nuclear material labs, out of pile testing rigs, a radioactive waste treatment plant, radioprotection and environment laboratory.

The main activity in the SEARCH CORE on Chemistry project refer to the filtering of LBE

Key persons involved in the project:

Dumitru Oha licensed in physics-chemistry in 1972, senior researcher, PhD in advanced nuclear fuel development, head of Nuclear Materials and Corrosion department. In 1980-1995, he was involved in the development of technologies and equipment for nuclear fuel manufacturing and control. After 1995 he coordinated the activities of nuclear materials and fuel behaviour in normal, abnormal and accident conditions. Part of research activities (own and of department) was focused on candidate materials for Generation IV reactors testing in extreme conditions, especially cladding and internals. Also, he participated to FP6 Project SARNET (Severe Accident Research Network) and FP7 Projects: SARNET 2, ADRIANA and MATTER.

Vasile Viorel Ionescu, Physicist, PhD and Researcher, in Nuclear Materials & Corrosion Department, in the field of Non-destructive Methods for Materials Characterization. He develops experimental methods for: ultrasonic characterization and analyses of Zr-2.5%Nb pressure tube alloy; study of the influence of hydrogen up-take on zirconium alloy elastic properties by means of ultrasonic methods; study of non-destructive methods for Steam Generator tubes examination.
Virgil Ion Cojocaru, researcher, supervisor at F/M Head and special tools testing team. The major activities: testing of Fuelling Machine Head no.4, 5 and Spare RAM Assembly for NPP Cernavoda -Unit 2, functional tests to special equipment from NPP Cernavoda – Unit 2, commissioning of the system for Fuel Handling System from NPP Cernavoda – Unit 1, elaboration of the testing documentation, set-up and calibration procedures for many of system manipulation nuclear fuel part.