Nuclear waste treatment
SCK CEN works actively on the design and construction of a new multi-purpose research plant: MYRRHA, which stands for Multi-purpose HYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications. MYRRHA is a versatile research infrastructure but above all unique. It is the world's first research reactor driven by a particle accelerator.
MYRRHA will take on the production of theranostic radio-isotopes (for diagnostic examinations and therapeutic treatment). With MYRRHA, SCK CEN also focuses on the development of new therapeutic radio-isotopes that can fight cancer cells in a more targeted way and thereby significantly reduce the side effects for patients. As from 2027, the accelerator will produce radio-isotopes for medical purposes.
The MYRRHA research infrastructure paves the way for countless promising technologies and applications, but is also a magnet for fundamental nuclear research in various scientific disciplines such as nuclear physics, atomic physics and fundamental interactions. The project also contribute massively to fusion reactor physics, since a dedicated fusion neutron channel at MYRRHA will contribute to fusion material research programs.