EURACT-NMR is a coordination and support action of Euratom Framework 7 to provide access to European nuclear licensed facilities that have recently invested in advanced nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.
Both the sustainable nuclear energy technology platform (SNETP) Strategic Research Agenda (2009) and the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (2008) report of the United States department of Energy highlight the application and implementation of advanced analytical technologies and computational simulation techniques as an essential part in the future development of nuclear power around the world.
Advances in analytical techniques, computation and modeling often occur in the non-nuclear realm. However, while advances in computation and modelling of nuclear materials can be readily adapted to advances in techniques, implementing advanced experiments under radiological constraints is significantly more difficult and yet essential to validate increasingly sophisticated (and critical) models of material behaviour. The aim of this project is to make available nuclear magnetic resonance facilities for nuclear research and nucleate the spread of the technique through European research institutes and organisations.
At the Karlsruhe Actinide NMR Centre of Excellence, with state-of-the-art nuclear magnetic resonance facilities at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal and the European Commission Joint Research Centre - Institute for Transuranium Elements have been adapted to allow advanced nuclear magnetic resonance experiments on radioactive solid and liquid materials. Support is available to scientists from member states and associated states to have access to this unique facility to maximise the use and impact of such an advanced analytical technique for actinide and radioactive materials in general.