Scientific Newsletter
ISSUE I, 2015


Paul Wynne, iia Director

The International Irradiation Association (iia) is very proud to have amongst its members many leading universities, institutes and laboratories that are involved in radiation and polymer science. 


Whilst the existing iia newsletter provides updates on a range of industry topics it does not focus on scientific developments or research. The scientific newsletter is part of a number of initiatives that we are planning in order to highlight scientific research and education. The newsletter is not intended to compete with scientific journals where peer reviewed papers are published. The newsletter is intended to highlight the work of iia member institutes and universities and to bring this work to the attention of the widest possible audience.


The development of the scientific newsletter is being spearheaded by Gustavo Varca who is a post doctoral student (IPEN-CNEN/SP). Gustavo was a recipient of a iia Scientific Award at IRaP 2012 (Poland) and was part of the awards committee at IRaP 2014 (Korea) which selected winners of the most recent iia Scientific Award. Gustavo was recently invited to Lodz Institute of Technology in Poland in order to advance his research. 


In 2015 the International Irradiation Association is supporting the Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry and in 2016 iia will continue the recent tradition of supporting the next IRaP meeting. These meetings will provide a valuable insight into developments and research in the field of radiation chemistry. While the initial focus of the newsletter will probably be radiation chemistry we will be keen to expand this to include research that is taking place in other areas of radiation science. Our aim will be to produce a scientific newsletter every four months. 


This newsletter provides a number of links "read article". Destination websites may/will require access codes and/or will require readers to pay for access to the article.


We would encourage readers to submit comments and details of research that would be of interest to the irradiation community using the link.


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The International Irradiation Association (iia) serves as a global voice for the irradiation Industry delivering and helping find solutions and to support the safe and beneficial use of the technology. The Association is keen to support and to promote the interests of the growing number of Universities, Institutes and Laboratories who are members. By getting closer to the scientific community the iia aims to promote engagement between academia and Industry, to highlight novel technologies and scientific advancements, as well as stimulate cooperation among our members.
iia members 
Universities, Institutes and Laboratories 
iia Members:
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
  • Institute of Environmental Science and Research (New Zealand)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (Germany)
  • Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (Poland)
  • Lodz Institute of Technology (Poland)
  • Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (Korea)
  • Instituto de Presquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN) (Brazil)
  • Technology Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU) (Uruguay)
  • National Centre for Electron Beam Research (USA)
  • Sichuan Institute of Atomic Energy (China)
  • Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (Thailand)
  • Nelson Laboratories (USA)
  • Institute for Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Kent State University, Ohio (USA)
A number of organisations listed above have both academic and commercial aspects to their operations but the list highlights an important group of organisations that are part of iia.

In this issue of the newsletter we will focus on two members: the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (Poland) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Australia).

Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT)

       The Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology was established in 1983. It had been formerly operating since 1955 as the Chemistry Division of the former Institute of Nuclear Research. The Institute has an interdisciplinary character. The activities of the INCT include basic research, development and applications as well as various services related to the profile of its activities. The results of INCT projects have been implemented in various branches of national economy, particularly in industry, medicine, environmental protection and agriculture. Nowadays the Institute is one of the most advanced centres in the field of radiation chemistry and technology; application of nuclear methods in material engineering and process engineering; design and production of instruments based on nuclear techniques; radioanalytical techniques; environmental research.
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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

      The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) conducts research and development in relation to a broad range of nuclear science and technology activities, and the production and use of radioisotopes. It has a strong commercial focus and ensures that its research, technology transfer, commercial and training activities in nuclear science and associated technologies advance Australia's innovation, international competitiveness and environmental and health management.

Research  Outlook
Advanced implantable materials

Franklin D. Muñoz-Muñoz, Beatriz Magariños, Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo, Angel Concheiro, Emilio Bucio

University of Santiago de Compostela & Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

A manuscript entitled "Temperature- and pH-sensitive IPNs grafted onto polyurethane by gamma radiation for antimicrobial drug-eluting insertable devices"  has been recently published on the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. The article details the development of advanced implantable biomedical devices using irradiation techniques.

"Temperature- and pH-sensitive interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) and semi-interpenetrating polymer networks (s-IPNs) were γ-ray grafted onto polyurethane (Tecoflex®; TFX) to obtain vancomycin-eluting implantable medical devices with minimized risk of infections. N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) was grafted onto TFX catheters and films via a preirradiation oxidative method or via a direct method. The PNIPAAm network facilitated acrylic acid inclusion and subsequent polymerization/crosslinking, under specific reaction conditions. IPNs and s-IPNs systems were characterized regarding the amount of grafted polymers, surface properties (FTIR-ATR, ESEM, EDX), thermal behavior (DSC), and their temperature- and pH-responsiveness. Loading and release of vancomycin for preventing in vitro growth of Staphylococcus aureus were also evaluated. Antimicrobial activity tests and hemo- (hemolysis, protein adsorption, thrombogenicity) and cyto-compatibility (cell viability and production of cytokines and NO) assays indicated that the modification of TFX by γ-radiation may improve the performance of polyurethanes for biomedical applications."  Read Article.

Citation: Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Bucio, E., Magariños, B., Concheiro, A. and Alvarez-Lorenzo, C. (2014), Temperature- and pH-sensitive IPNs grafted onto polyurethane by gamma radiation for antimicrobial drug-eluting insertable devices. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 131, doi: 10.1002/app.39992

Correspondence to: F. Muñoz-Muñoz (E-mail:

Patent: MX/a/2013/01443;P201231908.




Review on Nanogels
Slawomir Kadlubowski
Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland.

A manuscript entitled "Radiation-induced synthesis of nanogels based on poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-A review"  has been recently published on the Rad. Phys. Chem. Journal. The article details the synthesis of polymer nanogels using irradiation techniques on an up-to-date approach.

"Nanogels are nanometer-scale two-component systems consisting of a permanent three-dimensional network of linked polymer chains, and molecules of a solvent filling the pores of this network. A number of synthetic routes have been developed for nanogels. One of them is based on intramolecular cross-linking of individual polymer chains and ionizing radiation is a suitable tool for initiation of this process. Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-PVP-was one of the first polymers used to obtain intramolecularly cross-linked macromolecules using this method called preparative pulse radiolysis. This review summarizes radiation-based techniques used for synthesis of PVP-derived nanogels starting from preparative pulse radiolysis, through irradiation of thermally collapsed PVP and cross-linking in microemulsion up to formation of PVP based interpolymer complexes. In addition, possible practical applications of PVP-based nanogels have been presented mainly in the biomedical field" Read Article.

Citation: Slawomir Kadlubowski.Radiation-induced synthesis of nanogels based on poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-A review. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, Volume 102, p. 29-39, 2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.radphyschem.2014.04.016

Correspondence to: S. Kadlubowski (E-mail:




Irradiation of grapes
Sumit Gupta, Rupali Padoli, Prasad R. Variyar, Arum Sharma
Food Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India.

A manuscript entitled "Influence of radiation processing of grapes on wine quality"  has been recently published on the Rad. Phys. Chem. Journal. The article reports the use of irradiation synthesis and is of particular interest by Food irradiation scientists.

"Grapes (Var. Shiraz and Cabernet) were subjected to radiation processing (up to 2 kGy) and wines were prepared and matured (4 months, 15 °C). The wines were analyzed for chromatic characteristics, total anthocyanin (TA), phenolic (TP) and total antioxidant (TAC) content. Aroma of wines was analyzed by GC/MS and sensory analysis was carried out using descriptive analysis. TA, TP and TAC were 77, 31 and 37 percent higher for irradiated (1500 Gy) Cabernet wines, while irradiated Shiraz wines demonstrated 47, 18 and 19 percent higher TA, TP and TAC, respectively. HPLC-DAD analysis revealed that radiation processing of grapes resulted in increased extraction of phenolic constituents in wine with no qualitative changes. No major radiation induced changes were observed in aroma constituents of wine. Sensory analysis revealed that 1500 Gy irradiated samples had higher fruity and berry notes. Thus, radiation processing of grapes resulted in wines with improved organoleptic and antioxidant properties." Read Article. 

Citation: Sumit Gupta, Rupali Padole, Prasad S. Variyar, Arun Sharma, Influence of radiation processing of grapes on wine quality. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, Volume 111, p. 46-56, 2015). DOI:

Correspondence to: Prasad R. Variyar (E-mail:
Coordinated Research Projects (CRP)


The International Atomic Energy Agency is open for new research proposals from all around the globe. This is a very good information source for research institutes, organizations and researchers interested in taking part in the IAEA-coordinated research activities. There will be about 50 open invitations/calls during 2015. The main purpose of these projects is related both the acquisition and dissemination of new knowledge and technology generated through the use of nuclear technologies and isotopic techniques.

"These coordinated research projects allow research institutes, regardless of their size or location, to expand their reach," said IAEA Deputy Director General Aldo Malavasi. "It is a great opportunity to share and add to a profound knowledge database and coordinate with others on some of the most important scientific studies underway today on the wide, peaceful and beneficial applications of nuclear technology." View More.


New CRP open for proposals


Development of New Applications of Machine Generated Food Irradiation Technologies 

(Reference number: D62024)

Most of the food irradiated in the world is treated with gamma rays generated by the radionuclide cobalt-60, but using electrically generated "machine source" radiation could broaden the choice of food irradiation technologies. This is strategic research and the aim of the CRP is to accelerate research and development to facilitate implementation of practical techniques using electron beam (EB) and X ray to unlock the potential of machine sources for radiation treatment of agricultural and food products. The project will adopt an international and multidisciplinary approach involving cooperative research and development between food scientists, electrical engineers, equipment manufacturers, and stakeholders within the agro-food industry.

A meeting of experts in 2014 identified the following topics, and these and other proposals meeting the CRP aims and objectives can be selected for inclusion:

  • New concepts of EB and X ray machines that could easily be integrated in existing food processing lines of development of novel pre-packaged food irradiated by EB or X ray. Effects on foodborne microorganisms of EB and X rays at energies below 300 keV or at energies between 5 and 7.5 MeV for X rays. Potential creation of short-lived radionuclides of toxicological significance with X rays having energies between 5 and 7.5 MeV. Dosimetry methods and tools usable for EB and X rays with energies ranging from 5 to 7.5 MeV and for EB and X rays having an energy below 300 keV.
  • Proposals can be made using the form that can be downloaded from this page of the IAEA website:

The first Research Coordination Meeting (RCM) will be held in Vienna, Austria from 19 to 23 November 2015.


Information Sources

Scientific Journal Alert
Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry
The Radiation Physics and Chemistry Journal is a multidisciplinary journal that provides a medium for publication of substantial and original papers, reviews, and short communications which focus on research and developments involving ionizing radiation in radiation physics, radiation chemistry and radiation processing.


The Journal aims to publish papers with significance to an international audience, containing substantial novelty and scientific impact. Proceedings of important scientific meetings of the irradiation community such as IRaP, IMRP, and TIHANY, among others, are frequently published on special issues of the Radiation Physics and Chemistry Journal.

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Isotope Browser 

       The recently launched Isotope Browser - IAEA Nuclear Data Section app gives properties of more than 4 000 nuclides and isomers, including a chart of nuclides and a Periodic Table of Elements to allow easy selection and navigation. The filtered nuclides can be visualized on the chart of nuclides with several additional features. Data are taken from the most recent and reliable sources, and an optimized search-and-retrieve performance system. Once downloaded no network connection is required. Platforms available for android and apple/IOS systems. Learn More


International Irradiation Forum

An increasing number of people are registering as members of the iia LinkedIn group the "International Irradiation Forum". The Forum can be found by searching under the groups tab on LinkedIn. The group debates recently news and advances related to the irradiation community including global market changes, related training courses and events, research and partnership opportunities, from a commercial, industrial and research perspective. Based on a decade of  functional expertise of the association, the discussion group goes beyond new insights, advances, and market share. Follow us 

International Irradiation Association


A core aim of the Association is to support members in advancing the safe and beneficial use of irradiation technology. In order to achieve objectives the association Advocates, Educates and Communicates on behalf of members and the wider irradiation community. 

Board and Management

The iiA board includes experts and distinguished members from institutes and industries from all around the globe - John Masefield - Chairman (Executive Advisor Steris - USA), Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry & Technology - Poland), Kenneth Hsiao (Dasheng - China), Joyce Hansen (Johnson & Johnson - USA), Byron Lambert (Abbott Vascular - USA), Scott Mcintosh (Nordion - Canada), Dave Meyer (Sterigenics -USA), Paul Wynne (iia - United Kingdom).


iia maintains a website, which contains up-to-date information about market changes, standards, and relevant information for the irradiation community. In addition the association produces a general newsletter for Industry and operates a forum on LinkedIn (The International Irradiation Forum).
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Laureates & Scientific Awards

As a tradition the laureate award is delivered during the
Laureate Awards
Laureate awards at IMRP2013.
International Meeting of Radiation Processing - IMRP. This award is devoted to the recognition of the contibution of the laureate to the science and commercial application of irradiation technology. In 2013 Professor Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology) and Paul Minbiole (E-beam Services Inc) received Laureate awards from the iia Chairman John Masefield. 

Scientific Awards

Scientific awards at IRaP 2014.
iia awards students and researchers for their contribution to the advancement of the science of ionizing irradiation. Typically, this awards are conferred at scientific meetings of relevance to the irradiation community and an award committee is formed on this account. Two scientific awards were given by Mr. Paul Mimbiole at IRaP 2014 and the recipients were Dr. Mara T.S. Alcântara (IPEN/CNEN-SP)and Joon- Pyo Jeun (KAERI). In 2015 awards will be given at the Tihany conference.
Scientific meetings and events

Key Dates:


  • 13th Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry - 29 August - 3 September 2015. Organized by Centre for Energy Research (Hungary) in cooperation with IAEA and iia will be held in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. Conference Website 
  • Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Development. 15 & 16 September 2015. More information will be posted on the iia website when it becomes available
  • 7th International Nuclear Atlantic Conference (INAC 2015) - 4-8
    October 2015. Organized by the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Association (Brazil) the conference will be held at the Centro de Convenções Rebouças in São Paulo. *The Conference will comprise three technical meetings: The XIX Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Physics and Thermal hydraulics (ENFIR), the XII Meeting on Nuclear Applications (ENAN) and IV Meeting on Nuclear Industry (ENIN). Conference Website
  • XI International Conference Radiation-thermal effects and processes in inorganic materials (RTEP-2015) - August 30 - September 10, 2015. Conference will held in Yalta, Russia. Conference Website 
  • The Application of Particle Accelerators in Europe The meeting will be held on 18 & 19 June 2015 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. Conference Website
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Editor: Paul Wynne  

Scientific Editor: Gustavo H. C. Varca  



The iiA board: John Masefield - Chairman (Executive Advisor Steris - USA), Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry & Technology - Poland), Kenneth Hsiao (Dasheng - China), Joyce Hansen (Johnson & Johnson - USA), Byron Lambert (Abbott Vascular - USA), Scott Mcintosh (Nordion - Canada), Dave Meyer (Sterigenics -USA), Paul Wynne (iia - United Kingdom).

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