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JRC-IHCP Systems Toxicology unit hosts EU Initial Training Network INTRAMIF

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Sep 30, 2011
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Students from the Marie Curie Training School on isotopes visit the JRC-IHCP and JRC-IES

INTRAMIF stands for INitial TRAining network on Mass Independent Fractionation (MIF). In INTRAMIF, eight European high level research groups are involved to train talented Early Stage Researcher (ESR) on Mass independent oxygen isotope fractionation. The ESR projects from the different disciplines are connected by the common theme of MIF.

Research produced in the INTRAMIF network laboratories has strong implications for several areas of interest of EU policy - such as climate research, hydrology, nitrates and water (EU Groundwater Directive), ozone and aerosols (EU Air Quality Directive), the EU Strategy on Climate Change and traceability of food products.

On 29 and 30 September, eight INTRAMIF researchers received a presentation of isotope activities conducted by scientists of the JRC-IHCP, System Toxicology Unit in the domain of food, and visited the JRC-IHCP laboratories. The students also attended meetings and presentations at the JRC-IES. In turn, the students presented their research works, all of very high scientific level.

Photo: (from left) JRC scientists Claude Guillou (IHCP) and Frank Dentener (IES) with a group of students from the Marie Curie Training School on isotopes. Copyright European Union 2011.

Mass independent oxygen isotope fractionation (MIF)
Molecules containing the element oxygen can be further characterized by the distributions of the stable oxygen isotopes 16O, 17O and 18O. In some cases, these isotopes have an anomalous distribution, which is evidence of Mass Independent Fractionation (MIF). Although it is new, MIF has become a powerful research tool in earth system science because it is a sensitive marker of particular chemical reactions. Because MIF is a clear signature that cannot be erased, its use is expected to spread from the core science disciplines to industrial applications.