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Mr. Jean Louis Genicot

Scientific Collaborator
Environmental Health and Safety
Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol

Brief Biography:

Title : Doctor (PhD).
Date of birth: 15 january 1950
Place of Birth: Leopoldville (presently Kinshasa), Democratic Republic of Congo
Gender:    Male
Nationality: Belgian


Academic positions:

Professional data:

1. Scientific collaborator (Whole Body Counter Laboratory).
2. Research in the field of in–vivo counting (WBC):
3. Development of the complete codes for the management of WBC measurements (in DOS and in Windows).
4. Supervision of trainees (from Belgium and abroad)
5. Courses lecturer (IsRP: International school for Radiation Protection)
6. Participation to the international inter-comparison in WBC organized by the IAEA.
7. Cooperation in the development of the WBC laboratory at the GAEC (Greek Atomic Energy Commission) in Athens on mandate from IAEA (in 2003 and 2004).

Professional activity history related to the R&D work and teaching work:

1. From 2006 till today: Division “Radiation Protection” - Unit “Radiation Protection Dosimetry”.

• Development and use of devices for the measurement of external dosimetry witl the TLD and the OSLD methods.
• Giving Lectures  

2. From 1989 till 2006: Division “Radiation Protection” - Department “Safeguards & Nuclear Measurements”.

• Nuclear spectrometry in samples and “In-vivo” Spectrometry (Whole Body Counting).
• Task: Management of Whole Body Counting Laboratory: Measurements of people for all types of internal contamination (about 1300 Meas./year)
• The section has 7 persons: 2 engineers, 5 technicians.
• Development, test and application of software’s for the WBC (Visual Basic 6, Visual Basic.NET, Fortran-77, Quick Basic, DOS, …). All the software programs (except GLDT written by Gavron) used in the coherent system managing the WBC laboratory have been written by myself.
• Development of procedures for Quality Assurance Acquisition (the lab is accredited since 1995).
• Supervision of trainees for alpha and gamma spectrometry laboratory and for in vivo measurements (WBC) during their end of study work.
• Training for visitors for laboratory of Nuclear spectrometry and In vivo counting.
• Invited as lecturer by University of Leuven  (K.U.L., Prof. J. Van Dam), by Université de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL, Prof. André Wambersie) and by the “Centre des Energies Nouvelles” in Algiers, Algeria (and others: see bibliobraphy)
• two trainees from Cameroon sent by the I.A.E.A. for a period of three months, one from Tunisia for a period of two months also sent by IAEA. Other collaborations with Algeria, Nigeria, Bengladesh,...via direct collaboration. Supervision of final studies works for Industrial Engineers (from the school of Mol, Diepenbeek, Brussels) or civil engineer (Ghent University).
• Lectures given in the framework of the IsRP (International School for Radiation Protection). Nuclear radiations detection and measurement, Dosimetry, Radiation Protection.
• Participation to international workshops with personal presentations: 1990: Mons (Belgium); 1993: Santa Fe, New Mexico; 1995: Chalk River, Ontario;  1996: Beer Sheva (Israël), Saint Malo (France); 1998: Savannah River Site, Rio de Janeiro (invited); 1999: Mol; 2000: Idaho Falls; 2001: Jaipur (India) (invited), Cincinnati, Honolulu (U.S.A.); 2003: Helsinki (Finland), Kalpakkam (India) (invited), Vilnius; 2005: Athens, Greece (Invited), 2008: New Delhi (India).
• In 1999: I organised in Mol “In Vivo99” an International Workshop on the assessment of radioactive body burden: “In Vivo99 Monitoring for Internal Contamina-tion: New Techniques for New Needs”. More than 80 participants from different countries. Thirty-seven presentations published in Radiat. Prot. Dosim. Vol. 89 Nos. 3-4 2000.
• From 2003, collaboration with Canada (Dr. Gary Kramer) in a Memorandum of Understanding for 5 years.
• In 2000, I have been invited by Dr. R. Griffith to participate as consultant to the writing of a new I.C.R.U. report: "Direct Determination of the body Content of Radionuclides". ICRU Report ICRU ISSN 1473-6691, published in 2003 in the form of a book.
• Co-operation work in Algiers (Algeria) organised by I.A.E.A. in 1997 (training of operators and installation of software), two weeks and lecture and in 1993.
• From 1999, member of OMINEX, a European working group subsided by the European Commission for the improvement of the internal dosimetry.
• Participation to Inter-comparisons (organized by Canada, European Union, IAEA).
• Cooperation with GAEC in Athens (Greece in 2005, 2006),

Professional Work History in timely reversed order

 December 1989 till today: SCK-CEN – Radiation Protection, Scientific Collaborator for Whole Body Counting, and contribution to the work of the section head comprising the ?- & ?-spectrometry laboratory, the Whole Body Counting and a part of the charge on service and research on Radon.
The task was to implement personal computer into the automation of the laboratory, to manage the operational aspects of the laboratory (~1300 in-vivo measurements/year all types included), the development of new technologies (e. g. proportional counter replaced by a double planar HPGe detector), to collect and analyse the results; organise visits, training new workers. Staff of 7 persons (+ trainees). See also point 3. Development of new in vivo counting based on room temperature diodes (silicon, Cs,Zn,Te, HgBrI2,…).

1985-1989: SCK•CEN: Department Technology - Calculation Office. Assist  the designers in the development of experiences in the BR2 research reactor. Design and optimisation of Drums for the storage of warm radioactive waste. Work on computer (Fortran 77, Basic, batch files in a main frame): Hydraulic, mechanical and thermal calculations.

1977-1985: SCK•CEN: Reactor Physics Department - Section Fuel cycle physics: Underwater measurements of irradiated fuel elements and irradiated experiments. Staff of 3 persons (+ trainees).  

1974-1977: SCK-CEN: Reactor Physics Department – Section Theoretical Study of Reactors: Use of computer codes (PREPROCESSING, DTF-4, TRIBU,…) for the calculation with diffusion and transport theory of experimental devices in reactors, for storage of fuel elements, for BR2 investigation studies (e.g. Replacement of the beryllium matrix)


Research interests:

Radiation, Neuro Sciences


Any other information:


1. Genicot J.L. Utilisation des détecteurs à semiconducteur dans les mesures de la contamination interne par anthropogammamétrie. (Use of semiconductor detectors in the assessment of radioactive body burden by the direct methods) M.Sc. I.S.N.A.P. - U.C.L. (Dissertation for Master of Sciences in Natural Applied Sciences, U.C.L.). (1988).
2. Genicot J.L., Vanmarcke H.
The Radon in the indoor environment.
CIGG : Colloque International sur la Géochimie des Gaz. Colloque International sur la Géochimie des Gaz. Mons, Belgium, 3-6 Octobre 1990. Blackwell Scientific Publications (1991).
3. Genicot J.L.
The direct measurement of  lung contamination with 232Th/228Th.
Internal Report CEN?SCK (1991).
4. Genicot JL, Yagoubi B.
La mesure in-vivo de l'uranium pulmonaire.
Internal Report CEN•SCK (1991).
5. Genicot JL, Alzetta JP, Vanmarcke H.
Automatic Acquisition and Management System for NaI(Tl) Spectra.
BLG-636 CEN•SCK (1992).
6. A Bonne, H Bekers, R. Beaufays, M. Buyens, J. Coursier, D. De Bruyn, A. Fonteyne, J.L. Genicot, D. Lamy, P. Meynendonckx, B. Neerdael, L. Noynarts, M. Voet, G. Volekaert.
The HADES demonstration and pilot project on radioactive waste disposal in a clay formation. (EUR 13851 EN) (1992).
7. Genicot J.L.  
The Measurement of incorporated radioactive actinides in the body by direct methods.
Santa Fe NM USA (1993)
Journal of Alloys & Compounds, 213/214 - pp 484-485 (1994).
8. Genicot J.L., Hardeman F.  
A measurement of the Ecological Half Life of 137Cs in Belgium.
Health Phys. Vol. 67, n° 6, pp 669-670. (Dec 1994)
(article referenced by Garwin and Charpak in the book Megawatts and Megatons – 2001).
9. Genicot J.L., Hardeman F., Oberstedt S.
The Assessment of Plutonium and Americium in Contaminated Wounds with High Energy Resolution Semiconductor Detectors.
Appl. Radiat. Isot. Vol 46, N°3, pp.199-203. 1995.
10.  Genicot  J.L.
The Measurement of Radioactive Body Burdens by the Direct methods at the CEN•SCK. BLG-642 Dec (1995).
11. Genicot J.L., Hardeman F., Waetermans F.
Deterministic Analytical Method for the Calibration of Semiconductor Detectors in Gamma Ray Spectrometry.
Workshop Chalk River
Rad. Prot. Dos. Vol. 61, N°1-3, pp141-144 (1995).
12. Genicot J.L.
Les mesures de contamination pulmonaire en actinides par la méthode directe;Nouvelles techniques
Annales de l'Association belge de Radioprotection  ABR-BVS 20:4, 261-288  (1995).  
13. Genicot J.L., J.P. Culot, F. Hardeman, J.P. Alzetta, H. Vanmarcke.
The Measurement of Am-241 in the body with a double low energy germanium detector system.
I.R.P.A 9 Vienna, Austria - April 14-19, 1996. (Poster & presentation).
NRC4, 4th International Conference on Nuclear and Radiochemistry. St Malo, France, 8-13 Sept. 1996. (Poster)
14. Genicot J.L.
The use of room temperature photodiodes for the direct assessment of internal contamination.
NRC4, 4th International Conference on Nuclear and Radiochemistry. St Malo, France, 8-13 Sept. 1996. (Poster)
15. Genicot J.-L., Alzetta J.P.
New technique using room temperature diodes for the direct assessment of internal contamination by low energy gamma-ray emitters.
Appl. Rad. & Isot. - Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 349-358. (March 1997).
16. Genicot J.-L.
Room Temperature Semiconductor Detectors for in-vivo Monitoring of Internal Contamination.  
International Conference on Radiation and Health. Beer Sheva, Israel – Nov. 3- 7, 1996. Environmental Health Perspective. Vol 105, Supplement 6; 1423-1426 (Dec. 1997).
17. Genicot J.L.
Room Temperature semiconductor detectors: New Techniques for the Monitoring of Internal Contamination and Applications in Nuclear Medicine.
1st Scientific Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Nuclear Biosciences (as invited lecturer).Campus UERJ Rio de Janeiro – RJ- Brasil. 18-20 nov. 1997.
18. Genicot J.L., Pommé S.
Attenuation Calculation of Low Energy Photons: Application to InVivo Spectrometry Using Multi-Diode Systems.
Radiat. Prot. Dosim. Vol. 81, No. 2, pp.113-122. (Feb. 1999).
19. Genicot J.L., Pommé S., Alzetta J.P.
In Vivo Measurement of Low Energy Photon Emitters: Room Temperature Semiconductor Diodes Versus Large Scintillators and Germanium Crystals.
Health Phys. 76 (3), pp 288-299. (Mar.1999).
20. Genicot J.L.
Anthroporadiametry of Low Energy X- and Gamma Photons: Development of a New Technique Based on Room-Temperature Semiconductor Detectors.
Ph. D. Thesis  Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Mars 1999).
21. Franck D., Genicot J.L., Pihet P., Schnuer K., Spitz H.
“In Vivo99 Monitoring for Internal Contamination: New  Techniques for New Needs”  Proceedings of an International Workshop Mol, Belgium May 21-24 1999. Editors ISBN 1 870965 66 3 EUR 19618/EN Radiat. Prot. Dosim. Vol. 89 Nos. 3-4 (2000). (book)
22. Genicot J.L.
The In Vivo Detection Of Low Energy Photon Emitters In Radiation Protection And In Nuclear Medicine. A New Philosophy For New Needs In In Vivo Counting.
International Workshop Mol, Belgium May 21-24 1999. Editors ISBN 1 870965 66 3 EUR 19618/EN Radiat. Prot. Dosim. Vol. 89 Nos. 3-4 (2000).
23. Genicot J.L.
Impact des Nouvelles Réglementations CIPR pour l’Evaluation de la Contamination Interne : L ’Anthroporadiamétrie: Une technique évolutive pour répondre aux directives de la CIPR.
Workshop organized by the Association Belge de Radioprotection – Belgische Vereniging voor Stralinsbescherming (ABR-BVS) - Bruxelles, Feb. 25, 2000
Annales de l'Association belge de Radioprotection 20:4, 261-288 (2000).
24. Genicot J.L., Alzetta JP, Geboers I., Damen A., Willeborts P.
Room Temperature Semiconductor Detector Arrays for In Vivo Assessment of Radionuclides in The Body.
IARP satellite meeting 2 - Internal Radiation Dose Management – Development and role of Realistic Biokinetic Models of Actinides and Important Radionuclides in Accurate Dose Measurements – Jaipur India Feb. 26-27, 2001 (invited lecture)
25. Genicot J.L.
The reduction of the detection limits in in vivo measurements by using energy adapted detector arrays
47th Annual Radiochemical Measurements Conference in Honolulu – Hawaii Nov 3-8, 2001
26. Genicot J.L., Bruggeman M.
The In Vivo Assessment of Thorium Body Burden with Gamma-Ray Spectrometry
Radiat .Prot. Dosimety – Vol. 97, N° 2, pp. 173-176 (2001)
27. I. Geboers, A. Damen, D. Franck, L. de Carlan,  J.L. Genicot
The Reduction of limits of detection in In-Vivo Counting of Low Energy Photon Emitters by optimizing the shape and sizes of detectors.
28. Genicot JL, Geboers I., Damen A., Franck D., de Carlan  L.
The Reduction of limits of detection in In-Vivo Counting of Low Energy Photon Emitters by optimizing the shape and size of detectors. (full paper)
Workshop on Internal Dosimetry of Radionuclides - Oxford, U.K.  Sept. 9-12, 2002
29. Genicot J.L., I. Geboers, A. Damen
Recent Developments For The Assessment Of Radioactive Body BurdensBy The Direct Methods.
26th IARP National Conference on Radiation Exposure Control at Nuclear Fuel Facitities and Radiation Installations (Kalpakkam, March, 5-7, 2003) and Public Awareness Programme on Nuclear Energy (Kalpakkam-India, March 8, 2003).
30. Genicot J.L.
Uncertainties in in-vivo measurements. Results of a survey of European laboratories
BLG-943 - Contract N°: FIKR-CT-2000-00046 -SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium February 2003


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