The project is mainly addressing the topic of preservation of paper documents in the field of archival services and library collections. Preservation of written information is a sustained and endless effort started in the last century. If some quantities of information were already converted or generated in electronic format, still extremely large quantity of paper information are institutionally kept in archives, libraries and museums. Because of its degradable nature, paper is difficult to be preserved.


Oct 2015 - Oct 2017

IAEA Project - Effect of Gamma-Irradiation on Functional Properties of Paper, Parchment or Textile of Cultural Heritage Documents

CRP Code: 2077 F23032

The project will provide a scientific and technological basis to realize activities related to the disinfection of CH documents made from paper, parchment and textile, and other minor constituents (like inks, pigments, etc). The project will focus on the effect of gamma-irradiation on functional properties of materials (structure, mechanical and optical properties, texture). We will analyze the overall effect of absorbed dose and dose rate on materials properties, as well as synergistic effects of irradiation dose and environmental conditions (temperature, humidity). Besides the apparent changes of materials properties after irradiation, the project would deal with the materials properties after accelerated aging, since the gamma radiation can initiate degradation reactions which can occur later on during storage of the documents.


2015 - 2016

The use of condiments and spices in the food industry is an area where the quality of the raw material is a constant concern.Since these products are of agricultural origin, they are consistently associated with a high microbial load originated in particular from soil and handling. This microbial load can then result in a rapid spoilage of the foods they are supposed to enhance. 

Decontamination of condiments and spices with steam or with chemical fumigants such as ethylene oxide (EtO) are already in use. The heat treatment is particularly sensitive in the processing of herbs and spices as some volatile components can be lost, compromising the main characteristics of this type of product and under which lies their greatest commercial value.

One technology that has shown an increasing application is irradiation, a physical non-thermal process, which in addition to significantly reducing microbial load, is a simple, modern, and clean method authorized in several countries, including in Europe (Directive 1999/2/EC).


May 2014 - May 2016


Introducing and Harmonizing Standardized Quality Control Procedures for Radiation Technologies

To implement relevant European (EN), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards at the regional level for enhancing quality control procedures and establishing a network of laboratories.


2014 - 2015

Introducing and Harmonizing Standardized Quality Control Procedures for Radiation Technologies

To introduce and harmonise standardised quality control procedures in radiation processing of advanced materials, health care- and environmentally-friendly products


2012 - 2013

Enhancing Quality Control Methods and Procedures for Radiation Technology

To enhance European Member State application of standardized quality control methods and procedures for radiation processing of human health products and advanced materials, and to promote the contributions of nuclear technology on human health and environmental protection.


2009 - 2011


IAEA - Improvement of Process Control and Safe Disposal of Spent Radiation Source Elements 

Objective of the project is to level up the organization of the work and functioning of the Unit to the contemporary standards as well as the upgrade whole technology. That means not only the upgrading of irradiation technology for single use medical equipment, but also bringing to the safety of spent cobalt sources.


2003 - 2006


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