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The year 2000 annual report of the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) describes the progress made during the second year of the 5th European Community Framework Programme (FPS).

In the first part of the report a summary of the main achievements are given. A chronology of events follows in the "year of glance", followed by a summary of staff and budget resources. In addition to a review article on Radiation Damage in Nuclear Materials, a series of highlight articles on important progress made during 2000 are presented on:

-The Changing Face of Plutonium.
-Np-Ge Binary Compounds: a New Entry to 5f-electrons Emergent Properties.
-New Determination of the Melting Point of MgO, a Candidate Inert Matrix Fuel.
-Revaporisation of Radioactive Deposits under Reactor Accident Conditions.
-Pyro-Processing of Uranium and Plutonium by Electrorefining.
-Inauguration of the "laboratoire Sur Site" at COGEMA-La Hague.
-Examination of Dounreay Radioactive Particles.
-Implementation in the Ukraine of the Model Action Plan to Combat Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear Materials.

In the second part of the report, a more in-depth technical description of progress made in the last year is given. Topics covered focus on: Alpha-immunotherapy Studies, Basic Actinide Research, Safety of the Nuclear Fuel, Partitioning and Transmutation, Measurement of Radioactivity in the Environment, Spent Fuel Characterisation in View of Long-Term Storage, Safeguards Research and Development work and on the activities of the Actinide Information and Reference Centre.ence Centre.

This report can be accessed online at:

Additional information

Authors: RICHTER J (EDITORS), JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsrhue (DE);MAGILL J, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsrhue (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19812 EN (2001), pp.175. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agent.
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-1044-2
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