SPARTE - Scintillating Porous Architectures for RadioacTivE gas detection

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SPARTE, coordonné par le Pr Christophe Dujardin (UCBL – Institut Lumière Matière), porte sur la détection et la mesure d’activité de traceurs relatifs au domaine nucléaire. Ainsi, la détection des éléments 85Kr, 133Xe, 3H, 37Ar présentant une radioactivité de type beta est particulièrement ciblée. SPARTE vise à réaliser et mettre en œuvre une technique de détection radicalement nouvelle basée sur des matériaux scintillateurs à haute porosité tels que des aérogels et des MOFs (Metal-Organic-Frameworks) conçus pour exalter l’interaction gaz-matériaux scintillants. Ces matériaux, une fois optimisés, combineront une scintillation très rapide, efficace et isotrope, de haute sensibilité permettant, au-delà de la détection, de mettre en place des méthodes métrologiques pour les basses activités radioactives.

 

Key information / Informations

•    Funding programme / Programme de financement: H2020-FETOPEN-01-2018-2020 - FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking
•    Coordinator / Coordinateur: Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 – Institut Lumière Matière
•    Partners’ list / Liste des partenaires :


o    Icohup
o    Universita' Degli Studi Di Milano- Bicocca
o    Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke V Praze
o    Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
o    Nano Active Film Srl
o    Lyon Ingénierie Projets

•    Budget : 2 909 631,25 €
•    Grant / Subvention : 2 909 631,25 €
•    Début – Fin : 2020-2024

Context / Contexte

Radioactive gases are key targets for the environment, making gas monitoring an important issue. SPARTE will focus on the detection and activity measurement metrology of tracers related to nuclear activities. The SPARTE consortium combines 4 leading research centers and 2 SMEs around 3 core expertises - processing, characterization and metrology - also encompassing the industrial perspective, in order to create the interdisciplinary “substrate” necessary for a successful outcome of the project.

Objectives / Objectifs

SPARTE will implement and achieve a radically novel radioactive gas detection and radioactivity metrology, by introducing highly porous scintillating aerogels and/or Metal-Organic Frameworks designed to dramatically extend gas-matter interaction for effective detection through scintillation. These materials after development and optimization will combine an efficient, fast and isotropic scintillation ensuring homogeneous 3D response and high sensitivity for metrology.

Expected impact and results / Impact et résultats attendus

The goal will be to realize functional solid-based sensors generating a close intermixing between the sensor and the analyte and to combine efficiency and homogeneity. Major breakthroughs are foreseen: a calibration method for low activity range of 85Kr and 133Xe, a real time detection system of for some noble gas and 3H with a significantly improved sensitivity in an easy deployable system, a detector for 37Ar.  SPARTE consortium proposes a unique combination of competences aimed at succeeding in the difficult task of pioneering a new technology track, from sensor as porous scintillator to critical radioactive gas detection and metrology method development.

LIP’s contribution / Rôle de LIP

LIP supported the consortium since the beginning of the proposal preparation, in particular on the financial and legal aspects, and is now assisting the SPARTE coordinator and partners by managing the administrative, financial and legal aspects of the project.

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