P1: Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d'étude de l'Energie Nucléaire (SCK•CEN)


The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) is a Foundation of Public Utility (FPU), with a legal status according to private law, under the tutorial of the Belgian Federal Minister in charge of energy. SCK•CEN has about 650 employees, of which one third has an academic degree. SCK•CENs main competences are found in nuclear materials research, development of innovative nuclear systems, nuclear waste research and environmental and health research in connection with nuclear radiation.

Since 1998 SCK•CEN is collaborating with European laboratories and research centres in the development of MYRRHA. MYRRHA is a heavy liquid metal cooled nuclear system that is designed to operate as Accelerator Driven sub-critical System (ADS) or as a critical fast reactor. It consists of a proton accelerator proton coupled to a liquid Pb-Bi spallation target in a Pb-Bi cooled and a sub-critical fast core. MYRRHA will serve as a basis for the European experimental ADS. It will provide protons and neutrons for various R&D applications, including transmutation studies.

SCK•CEN has participated to the European TWG on European Roadmap for ADS transmutation and coordinated the ADOPT Thematic Network. SCK•CEN has participated in several FP6 projects including among others EUROTRANS, VELLA, ELSY and MTR-I3. Presently SCK•CEN coordinates FP7 Projects CDT, FREYA and ARCAS and also participates in a number of other FP7 projects including MATTER, GETMAT, MAX, LEADER, THINS, ADRIANA, and Helimnet.

Key persons in the project:

Paul Schuurmans earned his PdD in nuclear physics from the University of Leuven in 1996. After a period of Post-Doc research at CERN and Leuven he joined the Belgian nuclear research centre SCK•CEN in 2001 to work on the MYRRHA project. Between 2005 and 2010 he lead the Reactor Technology Research group in the Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems at SCK•CEN. Presently he works as a senior scientists for MYRRHA and is responsible for the contents of the R&D programme and the international R&D collaborations.

Alexander Aerts obtained a PhD in 2007, working at the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at the Catholic University of Leuven. Until 2010, he was postdoctoral fellow with a grant of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO) at the same Centre, where he conducted research on the formation and characterization of porous materials for application in catalysis, adsorption and controlled release. Currently, he is researcher at SCK•CEN in the chemistry group for the MYRRHA project. He is author or co-author of 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 3 patents.

Jun Lim graduated in nuclear engineering at Seoul National University (SNU) in 1997 and got his PhD degree in the same university. Since 2005, he joined NUTRECK, participating in LBE cooled nuclear transmutation reactor development program. From 2010, he became a member of SCK•CEN as a research scientist. His work is to develop oxygen control and monitoring system of MYRRHA. Over the last five years, his research work has focused on lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) coolant technologies such as corrosion of structural materials in LBE, oxygen control methods and oxygen probe development as well as new alloys development for LBE cooled nuclear systems.

Joris Van den Bosch graduated as civil engineer in material science and metallurgy at Ghent University in 2004. In 2008, he obtained his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Ghent University for his work at SCK•CEN, Belgium entitled: “Compatibility of Candidate Structural Materials with Liquid Metal in a Neutron Irradiation Environment”.
After his PhD, Joris did a post-doc in the reactor core internals group of the Civil Nuclear Energy Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA in the field of “Materials Irradiation Effects under Extreme Environments”. Since December 2010, Joris is the head of the unit for chemical conditioning and purification, within the institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems at SCK•CEN, Belgium which is responsible for the chemical conditioning and purification of both the liquid LBE coolant and the reactor cover gas system for the MYRRHA ADS facility under design.