ITN: Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Portugal

ITN (Nuclear and Technological Institute) is a state laboratory from the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Located nearby Lisbon, ITN has the mission of undertaking research and development activities in the domain of peaceful applications of nuclear energy, as well as to provide scientific and technical assistance to the Portuguese Government in the areas of radiological protection, nuclear safety, and applications of radiations and radioisotopes. The main activities of ITN consist of R&D, services to the community and Education and Training. The Portuguese Research Reactor, a 1 MW research reactor in operation at the campus of ITN it’s a unique infrastructure in the Iberian Peninsula.

ITN´s Radiological Protection and Safety Unit has the mission of providing technical and scientific expertise to stakeholders in areas such as Radiological Protection, Radiation Safety, Radiation Shielding, Dosimetry, Environmental Radioactivity and Radioactive Waste Management.
ITN staff members are 300 in total, out of which 80 researchers in four Units: i) Physics and Accelerators, ii) Chemistry and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, iii) Reactor and Nuclear Safety and iv) Radiological Protection and Safety.

Key persons in the project:

José Pedro Vaz, Ph.D., 47 years old, born in Angola is Director of the Radiological Protection and Safety Unit of ITN. His main areas of expertise are Radiation Protection, Radiation Shielding and Radiation Dosimetry with emphasis on computational aspects in Radiation Physics and Particle Transport Simulation. He is project leader of ITN groups involved in several projects in the areas of radioactive waste management and nuclear data measurements of relevance for transmutation. He has an extensive experience of work in international organizations such as CERN and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. He is the Portuguese representative to several Committees and Working Groups under the auspices of the European Union and of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and is elected member of the Executive Group of the Radiation Protection and Safety Division of the American Nuclear Society. He is invited professor at the Physics Department of the Technical University of Lisbon, also teaching Radiation Protection- and Dosimetry-related disciplines in several other Portuguese Universities.

Pedro Manuel Peixoto Teles, 29 years old, born in Porto, Portugal, holds a Ph. D. in Physics, awarded by the University of Porto, Portugal, the title of which is "The Experimental Study of the Structural Phase Transition in Fully Deuterated Lithium Acetate Dihydrate" and it was the result of a collaboration between the IFIMUP in Porto, Portugal and the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin in Saclay, France, working mainly with the triple-axis spectrometry technique, using thermal neutrons at the ORPHEE reactor in Saclay, France. He currently holds a post-doctoral position at the ITN, working on the experimental and computational study of ADS systems. His main fields of interest at the moment are Monte-Carlo simulations of complex neutronic systems, as well as the temporal modelling of reactivity monitoring techniques, and flux mapping of ADS systems.