Our Core Mission

Communication, Education and Advocacy is at the core of our activities. Our mission is to support and to promote the safe and beneficial use of irradiation which we passionately believe contributes to the quality of the lives of a large proportion of the world’s population.

From rural communities to big cities, from space to the depths of the oceans and from the unborn to the elderly we all benefit directly and indirectly from the positive contribution that ionizing radiation has on our everyday lives. Many people are unaware of the many, many benefits that are derived from irradiation processing industry. Ionizing radiation technologies are a safe, sustainable and highly effective solutions for many commercial and requirements and challenges. Ionizing radiation is widely used to improve the quality and characteristics, cost effectively and with less impact on the environment, of a wide and varied range of products and materials. The iia supports leading businesses, universities, institutes and laboratories across the world who use radiation processing technologies for the greater good of our global village.

For decades, the many parts of the world have relied on clean, nuclear power to produce non-fossil fuel based electricity. Cobalt can be specifically manufactured as a by product of nuclear energy production. Cobalt 60 is a marketable resource, used extensively by the radiation processing industry for beneficial activities from food irradiation to cancer treatment. Cobalt 60 is produced in a nuclear power reactor used to generate electricity. The electricity used by electron beam and x-ray systems can be produced using any means, including including coal, gas, hydro or nuclear. Cobalt 60 has a relatively short half-life, 5.3 years, and the volumes transported used are also small. With Cobalt 60, there is no environmental impact at the time of production as conversion from Cobalt 59 into Cobalt 60 is a simple byproduct of electricity generation. Each ionizing radiation technology; gamma, electron beam and x-ray, provide solutions to challenges. The technologies have different characteristics and are complimentary.

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Scientific Awards (2014 & 2015)

In 2014 iia gave two awards at IRaP an event that was hosted by iia member KAERI in Korea. The first award was conferred on Joon-Pyo Jeun, a researcher of the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) from Korea who has developed a radiation based alternative technique for the production of carbon fibers at an industrial level. The second was given to Dr. Mara T. S. Alcântara, researcher of the Nuclear Energy Research Institute (IPEN) from Brazil who developed advanced dressings – Hydrogels – for biomedical purposes. The iia award committee was composed of Paul Minbiole (E-BEAM Services), Young-Chang Nho (KAERI) and Gustavo Varca (iia).

In 2015 iia was part of the Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry in Hungary. Three students received awards; Adamus from the Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry – Lodz University of Technology – Poland for a paper on the effect of Eb irradiation on the structural and chemical properties of Poly(trimethylene Carbonate) and Polylactide Copolymers, Fromentin from CEA – France leaching of radi-oxidized poly(ester urethane) water soluable molecules characterization and Zavala-Lagunes Departmento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, University NacionalAutonoma de Mexico for a paper titled Synthesis of Stimuli responsive biomaterial containing poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) and poly(n-vinylimidadole) onto polypropylene films.

In 2016 iia gave three awards to participants at IRaP. The recipients were Yamahara Yumi (Japan) with the work entitled – Fabrication of thermo-responsive membrane for medical devices by radiation grafting; Julyana Santana (Brazil) with the work entitled – Mechanical, Thermal and barrier properties of EVOH/graphene oxide flexible films treated by electron beam radiation; Dmitry Klimov (Russia) with the work entitled – Preparation of bimetallic nanoparticles with controllable core-shell ratio in irradiated interpolyelectrolyte complexes.

Two scientific awards were given by Mr. Paul Mimbiole at IRaP 2014 and the recipients were Dr. Mara T.S. Alcântara (IPEN/CNEN-SP) and Joon- Pyo Jeun (KAERI)

Laureates & IMRP

iia has operated a Laureate program since the second International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP) meeting was held in Miami in 1978. IMRP meetings are held every 2-3 years in different locations around the world with the aim of providing everyone who is involved in the science or application of irradiation to engage with colleagues wherever they may be operating. A listing of our laureates can be founds in the Members listing.