Pre-IMRP Course on Radiation Processing for Advanced Materials

March 27-29, 2019
University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

Co-organized by University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) and the International Irradiation Association (iia), the pre-conference training course on radiation processing of materials primarily intends to create synergies with IMRP19 through the complementarity of the scientific and technological contents.

The 3-day long training course will offer a condensed overview of radiation processing applied to material enhancement. It will emphasize the physical phenomena, the chemical mechanisms and the technological aspects of radiation processing. The attendees will thus have the keys for apprehending the sessions on advanced radiation chemistry that will be presented the following week during IMRP19. The course will strengthen their capability to carry out their academic or professional activities with a strengthened background.

Target Audience

Graduate students (MSc, PhD) and young professionals with background in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering with strong interest and motivation to acquire additional skills in the field of radiation processing. Several traineeships might become available. More information will be provided here in the coming weeks. Depending on the number of registrants, the course might also be open to other professionals.

Application for Traineeships

Selected graduate students and young professionals might be eligible for a traineeship covering travel and living expenses on a lump sum basis.


Regular attendees must register to the course via the IMRP 2019 website

Practical information about transportation to and accommodation in Reims

Structure and Contents of the Course

The programme is composed of tutorial lectures and demos. The lectures will be given by international experts from academia and industry including university professors, senior scientists from public research organizations and renowned experts from industry.

March 26 Arrival - Registration

March 27 Official welcome - opening

lecture 1
Overview of industrial radiation processing
lecture 2
Basics of radiation-matter interactions
lecture 3
Radiation-initiated polymerization (coatings, composites)
lecture 4
Monitoring of radiation-induced reactions

Tutorial 1
Low energy EB, spectroscopic and physical monitoring of radiation-induced processes

March 28

lecture 5
Radiation cross-linking of thermoplastics and elastomers
lecture 6
Radiation-induced ageing of polymer materials
lecture 7
Radiation grafting
lecture 8
Determination of G(X) and G(S), theoretical models and analytics
lecture 9
Microorganisms: sanitary risks and control of bioburden in biomaterials
lecture 10
Biomaterials / Biocompatibility

Tutorial 2
Demos at the Radiation chemistry laboratory

March 29

lecture 11
Radiation-induced formation of hydrogels & nanoparticles
lecture 12
Kinetics of pulsed radiation-induced reactions
lecture 13
Radiation processing of healthcare products - part 1
lecture 14
Radiation processing of healthcare products - part 2

Tutorial 3
Demos at the Nanoscience laboratory

Closing of the course

Scientific Committee

Andrzej Chmielewski, ICHTJ, Warsaw, Poland

Xavier Coqueret, URCA, Reims, France

Bum Soo Han, IAEA, Vienna, Austria

Michaël Molinari, URCA, Reims, France

Alain Strasser, Aerial, Illkirch, France

Organizing Committee

Christine Bouteiller, URCA, Reims, France

Xavier Coqueret, URCA, Reims, France

Yves Hénon, iia, UK