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Laureates of the SCK CEN Award for best master’s thesis

Academic year 2022-2023

Juan Antonio Monleón de la Lluvia

Reducing spectrum-driven uncertainties with variance reduction techniques

SCK CEN mentor: Yurdunaz Celik

University promoter: Oscar Cabellos (Technical University of Madrid)

Academic year 2021-2022

Kamiel Ceusters

Numerical study of cavitation in liquid-bismuth eutectic

SCK CEN mentor: Mikhail Iarmonov

University promoter: Joris Degroote (UGent)

Ciro Alfonso Cerviño

Target accuracy requirements for MYRRHA

SCK CEN mentor: Pablo Romojaro

University promoter: Nuria García Herranz (Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Academic year 2020-2021

Cynthia Van Rompay

Investigation of the potential interplay of spaceflight conditions on the skin

SCK CEN mentors: Eline Radstake & Mieke Verslegers

University promoter: Prof. Eva Geuens (UAntwerpen)

Judy Rosso

In-containment aerosol source team behaviour - Analysis in support of MYRRHA safety assessment

SCK CEN mentor: Dario Bisogni & Guy Scheveneels

Promoter: Prof. Fabio Subba (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Academic year 2019-2020

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 supervisor: Prof. Gianni Coppa (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Yohannes Molla

OpenMC modelling of the critical MYRRHA configuration: an emphasis on cross-section homogenization

SCK CEN mentors: Augusto Hernandez Solis & Alexey Stankovskiy

Supervisor: Prof. Juhani Hyvarinen (LUT, Finland)

Academic year 2018-2019

Bouke Kaaks

Numerical investigation of low-Prandtl triple jets

SCK CEN mentors: Edoardo Cascioli & Steven Keijers

University supervisor: Prof. Sasa Kenjeres (TUDelft)

Alexander Nieuwborg

Design and shielding for a future moon habitat

SCK CEN mentors: Sarah Baatout & Marjan Moreels

Supervisor: Prof. Sarah Baatout (KU Leuven)

Academic year 2017-2018

Dornatien Chuo Anang

The role of intercellular communication in radiation-induced atherosclerosis

SCK CEN mentors: An Aerts & Raghda Ramadan

University supervisor: Prof. dr. Ronald Driesen (UHasselt)

Manon Coone

Early-life X-ray exposure: At risk for premature ageing and neurodegeneration

SCK CEN mentors: Emma Coninx & Mieke Verslegers

Supervisor: Prof. dr. Lieve Moons (KU Leuven)

Academic year 2016-2017

Els Vromans

The role of intercellular communication in radiation-induced atherosclerosis

SCK CEN mentors: An Aerts & Raghda Ramadan

University supervisor: Prof. dr. Niels Hellings (UHasselt)

Bent Hubrecht

Unraveling changes in brain development and visual cortex maturation in prenatally irradiated mice

SCK CEN mentor: Mieke Verslegers

Supervisor: Prof. dr. Lutgarde Arckens (KU Leuven)

Academic year 2015-2016

Emma Coninx

Mitochondria: a matter of life and death after irradiation?

SCK CEN mentors: An Aerts & Bjorn Baselet

University supervisor: Prof. Quirine Swennen (UHasselt)

Mauro Platti

Seismic sloshing of heavy liquid metal in a suspended structure with internals

SCK CEN mentors: Bong Yoo, Steven Keijers & Enrique Velez

Supervisors: Prof. Federico Perotti & Prof. Marco Enrico Ricotti (University Politecnico di Milano)

Academic year 2014-2015

Bert Rossaert

Boiling heat transfer through vertical stagnant water annulus: approaches for modelling of CHF

SCK CEN mentor: Patrice Jacquet

University supervisor: Prof. Yann Bartosewiecz (UCL)

Raghda Ramadan

Radiation-induced molecular modulations in thyroid cells under iodine-deficiency

SCK CEN mentor: Hanane Derradji

Supervisor: Prof. Veerle Somers (UHasselt)

Academic year 2013-2014

Marjolein Heymans


Invloed van prenatale blootstelling aan straling op veroudering van de hersenen bij de muis 

SCK CEN mentors: Tine Verreet & Rafi Benotmane

University supervisor: Prof. Lieve Moons (KULeuven)

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

Supervisor: Prof. Baldwin Van Gorp (KULeuven)

Academic year 2012-2013

Yves Meyvis

Consequences of space stressors in immunity: evaluation of immunological changes using space-simulated in vitro models

SCK CEN mentor: Marjan Moreels

University supervisor: Prof. Sarah Baatout (UGent - SCK CEN)

Ilse Luyckx

Aptamer-based radiopharamceuticals: characterization of the HB5 aptamer targeting HER2 in breast cancer

SCK CEN mentor: An Aerts

Supervisor: Prof. Sylvia Dewilde (University of Antwerp)

Monica Chiapetto


Modelling of nanostructure evolution under irradiation in model alloys

SCK CEN mentor: Lorenzo Malerba

Supervisor: Prof. Piero Ravetto, Politecnico di Torino & Prof. Emilie Ferrie, Grenoble INP

Academic year 2011-2012

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 supervisor: Prof. Y. Bartosiewicz, (UCLouvain)

Jan Cools

Ontwerp en functionele validatie van complexe impedantie meter voor karakterisering van ultrasone transducers (Design and functional validation of complex impedance meter for characterisation of ultrasonic transducers)

SCK CEN mentor: Wouter De Cock

Supervisor: Paul Leroux (KHK)

Academic year 2010-2011

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 supervisor: Eric van Walle (KULeuven)

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 supervisor: Prof. Peter Baeten (VUB)

Academic year 2009-2010

Steven Peetermans

Windowless spallation target - Proton beam interaction study in the MYRRHA reactor

SCK CEN mentor: Katrien Van Tichelen, Jan Heyse

University supervisor: Prof. Jan Vierendeels (UGent)

Assessors: Jacqueline Lecomte-Beckers (ULg) and Luc Dupré (UGent)

University supervisor: Eric van Walle (KULeuven)

Guillaume Bousselin

Validation of planar probe diagnostics for plasmatron VISIONI and its application for the study of deuterium retention in tungsten

SCK CEN mentors: Inge Uytdenhouwen, Johan Schuurmans

University supervisor: Prof. Guido Van Oost (UGent), Jose Ramon Martin Solis (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Academic year 2008-2009

Jérémy Debast

Investigation of the Gamma-radiation effects on recoated fiber Bragg gratings

SCK CEN mentor: Andrei Goussarov

University supervisor: Prof. Patrice Mégret, Prof. Marc Wuilpart (Faculté Polytechnique de Mons)

Ciaran Cleary

Safeguard Analysis of Material Flows in a Gas Centrifuge Plant

SCK CEN mentor: Roland Carchon

University supervisor: Prof. Charles Patterson (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Academic year 2007-2008

Ruben Van Marcke

ALARA research on BR2/SIDONIE

SCK CEN mentor: Frank Joppen

Supervisor: Herwig Janssens (XIOS Hogeschool Limburg)

Julien Hautefeld

Etude des conditions spatiales sur le développement embryonnaire de la souris

SCK CEN mentor: Sarah Baatout

Supervisor: Eugénie Jurdan (Haute Ecole Charleroi-Europe

Academic year 2006-2007

Werner Brouwers


Nucleaire ontsmetting van CALLISTO, een experimentele kringloop in de BR2 testreactor (Nuclear decontamination of CALLISTO, an experimental cycle in the BR2 test reactor)

SCK CEN mentor: Marcel Wéber

Supervisor: Luc Lievens (XIOS Hogeschool Limburg)

Hugo Moors

Zoeken naar 'Quorum Sensing' systeem van Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 en de functie ervan op aarde en in de ruimte (Searching for ‘Quorum Sending’ system of Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 and its function on earth and in space)

SCK CEN mentor: Natalie Leys

Supervisor: Jos Vanderleyden (KULeuven)

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