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HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research

The mission of the HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research is to pursue international scientific research in the field of mate­rials science in order to continuously further Hungarian nuclear safety expertise in the following areas:

  • technical and scientific support for the safe operation of nuclear power plant units in Hungary: deterministic safety and radiation damage analysis, development of reactor diagnostics;
  • research on the interaction between radiation (neutron, gamma and electron radiation) and matter, exploration of the biological effects of low-dose radiation;
  • development and application of nuclear analytics procedures; radiochemistry, radiation protection and nuclear protection;
  • development of nuclear fusion-based nuclear power generation processes, research into related technological and physical issues;
  • development of space weather measurement systems for monitoring the composition and spectrum of, and changes to, the magnetic field in space;
  • research and development of neutron research methods and tools for Hungarian and international use at the Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC);
  • utilization of renewable energy sources, hydrogen and high-energy waste, environmental protection in analytical chemistry and physical chemistry;
  • interdisciplinary research on complex functional materials and nanometer-sized structures, exploration and application of physical, chemical and biological principles in integrated micro- and nanosystems, and development of test methods;
  • publication and utilization of the acquired knowledge in undergraduate and graduate training, in international and domestic industrial R&D programs, with special regard to the needs of SMEs.

The research groups are affiliated with the following three scientific institutes

  • Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • Institute for Energy Security and Environmental Safety
  • Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science