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NSIL Staff

 Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory (NSIL)

Dr Danas Ridikas (Head of Physics Section, to which NSIL belongs) has a background of nuclear physicist, with PhD in experimental nuclear physics in France and MSc in theoretical nuclear physics in Norway. He also holds a BSc degree in physics awarded in Lithuania and MSc degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy, accredited by the University of Manchester. In 2012 Danas Ridikas has been awarded a doctor habilitation degree in fundamental sciences. Before coming to the IAEA, he worked for almost 10 years at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) as a senior scientist and, later, as a laboratory head in Nuclear Physics Division. Danas Ridikas is an author of close to 100 publications in the international journals, member of various scientific, technical or advisory committees, served as a referee for scientific and technological journals in the areas of research reactor and accelerator-based applications, strategic planning, nuclear energy, nuclear waste transmutation, innovative power reactors, nuclear data measurements and related modelling, nuclear instrumentation, non-destructive testing, among others. He speaks English, French, Russian and Lithuanian.

Dr Kalliopi Kanaki (Laboratory Head) studied Physics at the University of Athens, Greece. She got her doctoral degree from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany for studies of multiwire drift chambers and strangeness production with the HADES spectrometer at GSI. Her postdoctoral research continued at the University of Bergen, Norway as a member of the ALICE@CERN High Level Trigger Collaboration, being responsible for the HLT data quality assessment. In 2012 Ms Kanaki joined the European Spallation Source Detector Group, and since 2019 acted as Detector Systems Design Section Leader. She has been working on detector requirements and qualification studies for various detector technologies, simulations and neutron monitoring for the ESS instrument suite. Her major fields of experience include radiation detection, experimental heavy ion physics, data analysis and simulations. She speaks Greek, English, German and Russian​

Ria.jpgMs Ragdaa Attia (Team Assistant) was for eight years the Executive and Personal Assistant of the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the international Organisations in Vienna where she was handling bi- and multilateral issues of the Diplomatic Mission for the Ambassador. Since the end of 2018 she is employed by the IAEA to assist the Laboratory Head and also deals with all administrative matters concerning the activities of the laboratory. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations (MA) from the Donau University Krems. She speaks German, Arabic, English and French​

​​rpa_2022_02.jpgDr Roman Padilla Alvarez (Nuclear Instrumentation Physicist) graduated in 1985 as Physicist from State University of Belarus, where he also obtained an MSc degree on Physics and Mathematics. He worked since 1985 in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory of CEADEN (Havana, Cuba), mainly on the implementation and application of trace and microanalysis techniques (Gamma & Beta Spectrometry, EDXRF, TXRF, INAA, SEM-EDX, micro-XRF, PIXE/RBS) in the analysis of samples of varying composition and origin (minerals, metals, alloys, pharmaceuticals, industrial products, environmental samples, and art and archaeology objects, among others). He received relevant National Awards from Cuban Academy of Sciences in 1999 and 2006. He collaborated during 8 years with the MiTAC group of University of Antwerp and received his PhD at this institution. He assisted IAEA with numerous expert missions and since 2008 works at NSIL in the application of X-ray techniques for elemental composition and imaging characterization of materials, in the application of portable instruments and in-situ techniques in environmental studies and in joint IBA experiments with Ruder Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. He speaks Spanish, Russian, English and German.

sladek.jpgDr Petr Sladek (Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist)  graduated and later finished his Ph.D. (1992) in the field of Nuclear Instrumentation within CBRN Specialization at the University of Defence, Czech Republic. He worked as a Head of Radiological Department at CBRN Defence Institute and later became Associated Professor on the University of Defence. His specialisation was radiometric methods of detection, nuclear spectroscopy techniques and methods for radionuclide analysis. He attended many international measurement missions within NATO special group as well as  organized nuclear instrumentation trainings worldwide. In 2012 he moved to development of nuclear instrumentation in the industry (Canada) with focus on airborne and mobile technology of radiation measurement. Later he managed EU R&D projects associated with the application of UAV for radiation mapping. He joined NSIL in 2019, where he focuses on radiation measurement projects using portable detectors. He speaks Czech, English, Russian and German.

Haifa.jpg Dr Haifa Ben Abdelouahed (Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist) graduated in 2010 as Physicist from the University of Tunis. She worked at the Tunisian National Centre of Nuclear Sciences and Technologies until 2019. Her specialization is in the spectrometric radio-analytical techniques, GEANT4 Monte-Carlo simulation for different applications, and radioisotope technology as a diagnostic tool for plant process performance, optimization and troubleshooting. She attended numerous trainings in multicultural environment in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She supported the IAEA through different consultancies and collaborated in research projects. Her current activities at NSIL are focused in assisting fellows in the field of nuclear science facility to be comissioned at NSIL (with both, DD and DT neutron generators) in the radioisotope applications for troubleshooting and optimizing industrial processes and in the technology knowledge transfer on atomic and nuclear analysis.  She speaks Arabic, French, English and German. 

Natko.jpgMr Natko Skukan (Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist) finished his studies in experimental physics at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He spent nineteen years at Laboratory for Ion Beam Interactions at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), Croatia. He was the responsible for the operation of two electrostatic accelerators at RBI. His scientific interest was on development, testing and radiation hardness studies of different types of solid state detectors using ion beams (IBIC, TRIBIC, TCT techniques). He participated in a dozen IAEA expert missions as an expert for electrostatic accelerators before his current engagement with the IAEA. Natko's expertise is in electrostatic accelerator technologies, ion sources, nuclear instrumentation, solid state detectors and has an overview of different Ion Beam Application (IBA) techniques. He speaks Croatian and English.

alessandro.jpgDr Alessandro Migliori ( Senior Laboratory Technician) worked for more than ten years in the LABEC laboratory in Florence (Italy), which is based on a ion accelerator, in the past a single ended while now a tandetron. In this period he performed research and training on Ion Beam Analysis like PIXE, PIGE, RBS, NRA, IBIL. He was responsible of the external collimated beam line, used for applications on cultural heritage and archaeology, environmental monitoring, industrial materials. Since the beginning of 2012 he is employed by the IAEA where he deals mainly with X-Ray Fluorescence at Seibersdorf laboratories, with Ion Beam Analysis at the Ruder Boskovic Institute in Zagreb and with Synchrotron based techniques at Elettra Sincrotrone. He has contributed to investigations related to environmental monitoring and cultural heritage, in collaboration with Member States, as well as to characterization of special materials and devices. He actively contributes to the development of new experimental set-ups in accelerator and synchrotron based techniques. He speaks Italian, Spanish, English and German. 

mladen 1.jpgMr Mladen Bogovac (Senior Laboratory Technician) finished his postgraduate studies in experimental nuclear physics at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1991 and continued with a career at the Laboratory for Nuclear reactions, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb as a staff member and at Institut Nationale di Fisica Nuclear Catania as external collaborator. His main field of interest was experimental study of low energy nuclear reactions with few particles in the final state using particle accelerators. He was involved in setup of detectors system including front end electronics and data acquisition. In 1998 he moved to the Laboratory for Ion Beam interactions (LIBI) at Rudjer Boskovic Institute where he worked as a technical associate responsible for nuclear instrumentation development and measurement automation. He joined the IAEA in 2010. He speaks Croatian and English.​ 

Milan.jpgDr Milan Matos (Senior Laboratory Technician) received his PhD in nuclear experimental physics from Giessen University, Germany in 2004 for work on time-of-flight mass measurements at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany. Thereafter he moved to Michigan State University, USA, where he built a similar technique at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory using scintillator and micro-channel plate detectors. In 2008 he joined Louisiana State University, USA, to work on the development of the Array for Nuclear Astrophysics Studies with Exotic Nuclei consisting of Si and CsI(Tl) detectors with active-target capabilities, charge-exchange experiment 32S(3He,t)32Cl at the Yale University and implementation of the SHARC silicon detector array within the TIGRESS germanium detector array at TRIUMF, Canada. In 2012 he started to work for Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the development of the SORRUBA silicon detector array with the JENSA gas-jet target and production of 251Cf targets. He joined the IAEA in 2013. He speaks Slovakian, Russian and English..

farhad 2.jpgMr Farhad Memarzia (Electronics Technician) is an experienced electronics technician and has been a staff member since 1991. He completed Electrical Technical High School in Tehran, Iran, completing his BBA (1996) and MBA (1998) degrees in Vienna, Austria. He has been involved in Nuclear instrument development work and assisting in Seibersdorf training courses, including the Group Fellowship Training from 1992. He speaks Farsi, German and English.