Award best master thesis

SCK CEN grants an annual award (worth 1000 euro resp.) to the authors of the 2 best master thesis performed at our laboratories.


Academic year 2019-2020

1. Heddy Barale 
Application of the SERPENT2 code to neutronic analyses of the MYRRHA core: a sensitivity approach
SCK CEN mentors: Augusto Hernandez Solis & Luca Fiorito
University promoter: Prof. Gianni Coppa (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

2. Yohannes Molla
OpenMC modelling of the critical MYRRHA configuration: an emphasis on cross-section homogenization
SCK CEN mentor: Augusto Hernandez Solis & Alexey Stankovskiy
Promoter: Prof. Juhani Hyvarinen (LUT, Finland)

Academic year 2018-2019

1. Bouke Kaaks 
Numerical investigation of low-Prandtl triple jets
SCK CEN mentors: Edoardo Cascioli & Steven Keijers
University promoter: Prof. Sasa Kenjeres (TUDelft)

2. Alexander Nieuwborg
Design and shielding for a future moon habitat
SCK CEN mentor: Sarah Baatout & Marjan Moreels
Promoter: Prof. Sarah Baatout (KU Leuven)

Academic year 2017-2018

1. Dornatien Chuo Anang 
The role of intercellular communication in radiation-induced atherosclerosis
SCK CEN mentors: An Aerts & Raghda Ramadan
University promoter: Prof. dr. Ronald Driesen (UHasselt)

2. Manon Coone
Early-life X-ray exposure: At risk for premature ageing and neurodegeneration
SCK CEN mentor: Emma Coninx & Mieke Verslegers
Promoter: Prof. dr. Lieve Moons (KU Leuven)

Academic year 2016-2017

1. Els Vromans
The role of intercellular communication in radiation-induced atherosclerosis
SCK CEN mentors: An Aerts & Raghda Ramadan
University promoter: Prof. dr. Niels Hellings (UHasselt)

2. Bent Hubrecht
Unraveling changes in brain development and visual cortex maturation in prenatally irradiated mice
SCK CEN mentor: Mieke Verslegers
Promoter: Prof. dr. Lutgarde Arckens (KU Leuven)

Academic year 2015-2016

1. Emma Coninx
Mitochondria: a matter of life and death after irradiation?
SCK CEN mentors: An Aerts & Bjorn Baselet
University promoter: Prof. Quirine Swennen (UHasselt)

2. Mauro Platti
Seismic sloshing of heavy liquid metal in a suspended structure with internals
SCK CEN mentor: Bong Yoo, Steven Keijers & Enrique Velez
Promoter: Prof. Federico Perotti & Prof. Marco Enrico Ricotti (University Politecnico di Milano)

Academic year 2014-2015

1. Bert Rossaert
Boiling heat transfer through vertical stagnant water annulus: approaches for modelling of CHF
SCK CEN mentors: Patrice Jacquet
University promoter: Prof. Yann Bartosewiecz (UCL)

2. Raghda Ramadan
Radiation-induced molecular modulations in thyroid cells under iodine-deficiency
SCK CEN mentor: Hanane Derradji
Promoter: Prof. Veerle Somers (UHasselt)

Academic year 2013-2014

1. Marjolein Heymans
The influence of prenatal exposure to radiation on brain ageing in the mouse
SCK CEN mentors: Tine Verreet & Rafi Benotmane
University promoter: Prof. Lieve Moons (KULeuven)

2. Bart Vyncke
The effect of the mass media channel on the Belgian risk perception of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident
SCK CEN mentor: Tanja Perko
Promoter: Prof. Baldwin Van Gorp (KULeuven)

Academic year 2012-2013

1. Yves Meyvis
Consequences of space stressors in immunity: evaluation of immunological changes using space-simulated in vitro models
SCK CEN mentor: Marjan Moreels
University promoter: Prof. Sarah Baatout (UGent - SCK•CEN)

2a. Ilse Luyckx
Aptamer-based radiopharamceuticals: characterization of the HB5 aptamer targeting HER2 in breast cancer
SCK CEN mentor: An Aerts
Promoter: Prof. Sylvia Dewilde (Universiteit Antwerpen)

2b. Monica Chiapetto
Modelling of nanostructure evolution under irradiation in model alloys
SCK CEN mentor: Lorenzo Malerba
Promoter: Prof. Piero Ravetto, Politecnico di Torino & Prof. Emilie Ferrie, Grenoble INP

Academic year 2011-2012
1. Moïse Manconi
Investigation of the near-wall modelling strategy and the concept of the turbulent Prandtl number for low Prandtl number flows
SCK CEN mentor: Simon Vanmaercke
University promoter: Prof. Y. Bartosiewicz, (UCLouvain)
2. Jan Cools
Ontwerp en functionele validatie van complexe impedantie meter voor karakterisering van ultrasone transducers
SCK CEN mentor: Wouter De Cock
Promoter: Paul Leroux (KHK)

Academic year 2010-2011
1. Marc Deprez
Effect of Post-Irradiation Annealing on Defects in Irradiated Model Alloys by Means of Positron Annihilation Coincidence Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy
SCK CEN mentor: Marlies Lambrecht
Assessors: Jacqueline Lecomte-Beckers (ULg) and Luc Dupré (UGent)
University promoter: Eric van Walle (KULeuven)
2. An Mariën
Development and calibration of electrochemical oxygen sensors for application to low temperature regions in liquid lead alloys cooled reactors
SCK CEN mentor: Jun Lim and Kris Rosseel
Assessors: Prof. Jacqueline Lecomte-Beckers (ULg) and Prof. Walter Bogaerts (KULeuven)
University promoter: Prof. Peter Baeten (VUB)

Academic year 2009-2010
1. Steven Peetermans 
Windowless spallation target - Proton beam interaction study in the MYRRHA reactor
SCK CEN mentor: Katrien Van Tichelen, Jan Heyse
University promoter: Prof. Jan Vierendeels (UGent)
2. Guillaume Bousselin 
Validation of a planar probe diagnostics for plasmatron VISIONI and its application for the study of deuterium retention in tungsten
SCK CEN mentor: Inge Uytdenhouwen, Johan Schuurmans
University promoter: Prof. Guido Van Oost (UGent), Jose Ramon Martin Solis (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Academic year 2008-2009
1. Jérémy Debast 
Investigation of the Gamma-radiation effects on recoated fiber Bragg gratings
SCK CEN mentor: Andrei Goussarov
University promoter: Prof. Patrice Mégret, Prof. Marc Wuilpart (Faculté Polytechnique de Mons)
2. Ciaran Cleary 
Safeguard Analysis of Material Flows in a Gas Centrifuge Plant
SCK CEN mentor: Roland Carchon
University promoter: Prof. Charles Patterson (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Academic year 2007-2008
1. Ruben Van Marcke 
ALARA research on BR2/SIDONIE
SCK CEN mentor: Frank Joppen
Promoter: Herwig Janssens (XIOS Hogeschool Limburg)
2. Julien Hautefeld 
Etude des conditions spatiales sur le développement embryonnaire de la souris
SCK CEN mentor: Sarah Baatout
Promoter: Eugénie Jurdan (Haute Ecole Charleroi-Europe)

Academic year 2006-2007
1. Werner Brouwers
Nucleaire ontsmetting van CALLISTO, een experimentelekringloop in de BR2 testreactor
SCK CEN mentor: Marcel Wéber
Promoter: Luc Lievens (XIOS Hogeschool Limburg)
2. Hugo Moors 
Zoeken naar 'Quorum Sensing' systeem van Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 en de functie ervan op aarde en in de ruimte
SCK CEN mentor: Natalie Leys
Promoter: Jos Vanderleyden (KULeuven)