NCBJ Annual Report 2014
During 2014 NCBJ was stable with regard to its size and income, while effort was devoted to improving the quality of our research. The number of papers published in refereed journals increased to 541 and the number of citations reached 8000 this year. The corresponding Hirsch index increased to 115, giving NCBJ the 5th position in Poland among all institutes and universities.
The number of habilitations awarded by the NCBJ Research Council hit the record number of 7, including
5 NCBJ employees. We gained one more professor - Zygmunt Patyk who received the title from the President of Poland. On the other hand, three completed PhD theses is not an impressive number, but in addition to new hires from universities it is enough to renew the scientific staff of the institute.
The youngest part of the institute is the newly built Computing Centre Świerk (Polish acronym CIŚ). Calculation on this largest supercomputer in Poland was officially started by prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Minister of Science and Higher Education, on 13.11.2014. The machine is currently used mainly for basic research in particle physics, analyzing petabytes of data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The main purpose of the creation of the Centre was to prepare NCBJ for the role of Technical Support Organization for the Polish nuclear power programme.
Young specialists from CIŚ and the Department of Nuclear Energy represented NCBJ at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. Our institute was the only exhibitor from Poland at this global event, attracting many visitors curious about Polish plans for nuclear power. One of our important contributions to this programme is the International School on Nuclear Power. Every year a number of nuclear experts from all over the world give lectures and conduct practical exercises at the NCBJ main site and at the nuclear waste repository in Różan.
Last year NCBJ organized several important international conferences and workshops. In the field of nuclear power we hosted the 7th International Symposium on Materials Testing for Reactors and the EURADOS Working Group 7 “Internal dosimetry” meeting. In basic research the most important event was DIS2014 – the XXII International Workshop on Deep-Inelastic Scattering and Related Subjects, organized jointly with the Warsaw University Faculty of Physics. Another joint event – Theory Meeting Experiment, this year devoted to Neutrinos and the Cosmos, firmly established its position among the most important European events in this field. The 12th International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science also brought worldwide specialists in free-electron lasers – the most advanced research devices of today’s science.
NCBJ continued its contribution to the largest free-electron laser in Europe – the 3.5 km long XFEL in Hamburg. Higher-Order-Mode-Absorbers and components of Low-Level-Radio-Frequency systems are now being installed in the XFEL tunnel. In 2014 we finished installation of several components of the W7-X stellarator in Greifswald – the largest nuclear fusion device before the launch of the famous ITER. We also continued production of PIMS – Pi-Mode accelerating structures – to inject protons into the CERN LHC. Last, but not least, our specialists participated in the assembly of SOLARIS, the first Polish synchrotron, in Cracow.
Participation in the construction of the largest and most advanced research devices is not only a scientific investment, but also a very effective means of technology transfer. The most modern technologies, often developed especially to meet the extreme challenges of frontier scientific experiments, are later implemented in commercial products by NCBJ and Polish companies cooperating with our institute. This was recently recognized by several prestigious awards given to NCBJ. The “Perl of Innovation” was awarded during a ceremony in the Royal Castle of Warsaw, while the “Polish Innovation Award” was given at the Congress of Polish Commerce in Katowice.
The “Polish Product of the Future” is another award granted to the NCBJ Radioisotope Centre POLATOM for their innovative products Itrapol and Lutapol. These are precursors for radiopharmaceuticals based on yttrium 90Y and lutetium 177Lu isotopes. Lutapol was the first 177Lu based product in the world registered for medical use. The very strong market position and presence in 80 countries of NCBJ POLATOM has been gained thanks to continuous investment in research. In 2014 a new laboratory was launched for preclinical tests of radioisotope treatments on small animals. New ambitious project are being prepared and we hope to launch them in 2015.
Radioisotope production at NCBJ is possible thanks to the MARIA nuclear reactor. It is the 4th most powerful reactor in Europe, and it produces radioisotopes for two million patients a year. Many distinguished guests attended the 40th anniversary of MARIA. They underlined the role of the reactor for research and medical applications. Indeed, we have new ambitious plans for experiments using MARIA. Both vertical and horizontal channels are full of neutrons, which we plan to use for reactor experiments, materials research and medical studies. Therefore, the 40-years old MARIA is more and more attractive. Happy birthday MARIA!
Professor Grzegorz Wrochna
National Centre for Nuclear Research
|Annual Report 2014 - Part A (pdf - 433 MB)|
|Part A chapters|
|General information (pdf - 8 MB)|
|Department of Nuclear Energy (pdf - 17 MB)|
|Department of Materials Physics (pdf - 14 MB)|
|Department of Fundamental Research (pdf - 14 MB)|
|Department of Nuclear Technigues (pdf - 41 MB)|
Świerk Computing Centre
Science and Technology Park
Radioisotope Centre POLATOM
Education and Training Division (pdf - 131 MB)
|Publications (pdf - 0,8 MB)|
Annual Report 2014 - Part B (20,43 MB)
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