European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Transuranium Elements
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The Nuclear Chemistry unit is active in the fields of environmental aspects of radioactivity and medical applications of alpha-radioactivity.
Activities in the field of Radioactivity in the Environment concentrate on the development of analytical techniques for the measurement of discharges, emissions and trace radionuclide concentrations in soil, vegetation, water and air. Major techniques presently are mass spectrometry coupled to various types of pre-separation (ion chromatography, capillary electrophoresis), radiometry, and X-ray absorption for the study of radioactive particles.
The objective of the Alpha-Immunotherapy and Cell Toxicity group is to contribute to drug development against types of disseminated cancers, consisting of a suitable alpha-emitter, a cancer specific carrier (antibody, peptide, etc.) and a chelator (combining nuclide and carrier). The group's main activities are the production of suitable alpha-emitters and the study of alpha-radiation effects on cells.