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Environmental REsearch Laboratory (EREL)
Health Physics & Environmental Health Laboratory (HPEHL)
Research Reactor Laboratory (RRL)
Solar and other Energy Systems Laboratory (SESL)
THErmal hydraulics & Multiphase flows LABoratory (THEMLAB)
Environmental REsearch Laboratory (EREL)
Head: Dr. Stubos Athanasios, Chemical Engineer (PhD), Researcher A'

stubos(at) (+30) 2106503447 (+30) 2106525004(Lab's Home Page)

Important achievements of the Laboratory include the following:
  • Coordination of the NESSHY FP6 Integrated Project on Hydrogen Storage in Solids.

  • Development of state-of-the-art software for diagnostic and prognostic meteorological simulations, atmospheric dispersion of pollutants (toxic, radioactive, flammable, photochemical, heavier or lighter than air) in complex terrains.

  • Development of software for the simulation of sorption, flow and diffusion in porous materials.

  • Development of computational and experimental methods for the characterization of porous materials.

  • Fully equipped laboratory for organic pollutant measurements with high sensitivity analytical chemistry devices (GC/FID/FPD, GC/MS with Thermal Desorption Unit, HPLC).

  • Highly specialised portable unit for field measurements of atmospheric pollutants.

  • Development and use of RODOS (Real-time On-line DecisiOn Support for nuclear emergencies in Europe) system.

  • Participation in the “Nuclear Technology” Group of the Emergency Plan of the Greek Atomic Energy Commission.

  • National representation in COST Senior Official Committee and in Advisory Committee for Radioactive Waste Management (ACPM) of the EU.

Health Physics & Environmental Health Laboratory (HPEHL)
Head: Dr. Gabriel E. Pantelias, Physicist (PhD), Researcher A'

gabriel(at) (+30) 2106503865 (+30) 2106534710

The HPEHL has been the reference laboratory of the Greek Atomic Energy Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for biological dosimetry studies and the evaluation of absorbed doses in cases of radiation accident, as well as for standardization of state of the art methodologies applied for biodosimetry purposes. Based on its activities, the Laboratory has been nominated by the Hellenic Society of Hematology as the “Cytogenetic Reference Laboratory” for the Hellenic Registry of Myelodysplastic Syndromes and since 2006, it is a member of the “European LeukemiaNet” (Network of Excellence for Leukemia).

The Reaseach Reactor Laboratory (RRL)
Head: Dr. Yannis Papazoglou, Nuclear Engineer (PhD), Researcher A'
Deputy Head: Dr. I. E. Stamatelatos, Physicist (MSc, PhD), Researcher A'

yannisp(at) (+30) 2106503754 (+30) 2106545496
ion(at)        (+30) 2106503718 (+30) 2106533431

  • Refurbishment of GRR-1 infrastructure related to upgrade of neutron monitors, radiation protection instrumentation, neutron beam tubes, lead gamma shielding of the graphite thermal neutron column.

  • Shipment of all High Enrichment Uranium spent fuel to the country of origin.

  • Neutronic and thermal-hydraulic calculations for the safety analysis of the new Low Enrichment Uranium Fuel core of the GRR-1.

  • Development of a large sample instrumental neutron activation analysis technique for non-destructive analysis of precious objects, authenticity studies and representative sampling of heterogeneous materials.

  • Development of a prompt-gamma neutron activation analysis facility based on isotopic neutron sources for non-destructive analysis of bulk samples.

  • Development of a Time-Of-Flight neutron reflectometer at the research reactor (installation is underway).

  • Development of computational and experimental methods for the characterization of radioactive waste drums.

  • Development of neutron detector electronic for time-of-flight measurements.

  • Development of computational methods for gamma ray and neutron detector characterization.

  • Development of a fully equipped gamma spectrometry laboratory.

  • Development of a sample preparation laboratory.

  • Installation of a Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) apparatus.

  • Funds attraction from EU competitive projects, IAEA and General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT) (total 1.7 M€ in the years 2004-2006).

  • Training of research reactor operating personnel.

Solar and other Energy Systems Laboratory (SESL)
Head: Dr. Belessiotis Vassilios, Physicist (PhD), Researcher A'

beles(at) (+30) 2106503815 (+30) 2106544592(Lab's Home Page)

  • Results of research activities :
    - Development of the following, among others, new products, methods and analytical tools :
    Solar collectors and systems based on the heat-pipe technology
    Absorbing surfaces with improved optical properties for application in solar collectors
    Driers for agricultural products, either at the laboratory scale (for drying condition optimization), or real-scale applications for use by farmers’ cooperatives or individual producers
    Prototype solar air-conditioning systems based on the desiccant-cooling technology
    New designs of thermal storage tanks and relevant equipment
    New designs of desalination systems (hybrid distillation systems employing solar energy and humidification-dehumidification concepts)
    New models and methodologies for the evaluation of performance of solar systems (input-output)
    Original methodologies for the design of large-scale solar heating plants, as well as for the estimation of error propagation in energy utilization models
    - Establishment of co-operation with major industries, such as CHROMAGEN/Israel, THERMOMAX/England, IKARUS/Deutschland, an indication of the international acclaim of SESL in the field of solar thermal technologies. Recently selected for developing a Research and Testing facility for Solar Thermal Products at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

  • Provision of specialized scientific services : Importance of services offered to the productive sector made evident through the continuous improvement of the quality of Greek solar thermal products, a consequence of the intensive R&D support offered by the Laboratory, as well as the objective and reliable testing results this provides. Through this improvement of product quality, the Greek manufacturing sector of solar energy products, has eliminated imports, while succeeding in gaining a significant share of exports in the European and international market.

  • Accreditation : One of the first Laboratories to apply for accreditation by the newly-established National Accreditation Council (ESYD) in year 2000, being thus the second Laboratory in Greece to be accredited and the first in the academic-research field.

  • Standardization : significant contribution in the development of international standards relevant to solar thermal energy such as the ISO 9806-1, ISO9806-2, ISO9459-2 etc. Actively involved in international activities, such as EUROLAB, the Technical Committees of ELOT, CEN and ISO, in European Programmes for the development of new standardized testing methods.

  • Quality : Significant contribution in the development of the field of Quality on a national scale. Key contributor in the effort of organizing and re-enforcing the above mentioned field at the institutional level (ESYD, Quality Council, Market Control, etc.). Also in the effort of organizing and upgrading the presence of testing laboratories, through the establishment of HellasLab, with permanent representation of SESL in its administrative council. Recipient of the “Honors of Quality ECO-Q” award by the President of the Greek Parliament (2004) for contribution to the reliability of laboratorial practice, 1st such award among all National Accredited Laboratories.

Thermal - Hydraulics and Multiphase Flow Laboratory (THEMLAB)
Head: Dr. Housiadas Christos, Mechanical Engineer (PhD), Researcher A'

christos(at) (+30) 2106503745 (+30) 2106548415 (Lab's Home Page)

THEMLAB was created very recently. At this moment, we are in the phase of setting up an advanced system, in the form of a computer cluster. This will serve the needs of not only the THEMLAB laboratory, but also of the Institute. Important to say that the system will be compatible with the requirements of the grid, anticipating that it will become part of the world grid system. In addition, we are setting up a state-of-the-art computational fluid mechanics platform based on ANSYS-CFX.




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