Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT) was established in 1983. It had been formerly operating since 1955 as the Chemistry Division of the former Institute of Nuclear Research.
The Institute has an interdisciplinary character. The activities of the INCT include basic research, R&D as well as various services. The results of the INCT works have been implemented in various branches of national economy, particularly in industry, medicine, environmental protection and agriculture. Since the early sixties the Institute has played a leading role in developing and implementing nuclear technologies, methods and instruments in the country. Nowadays the Institute is one of the most advanced centres in the field of: radiation chemistry and technology; application of nuclear methods in material engineering and process engineering; design and production of instruments based on nuclear techniques; radioanalytical techniques; environmental research. Basic research is focused on: radiochemistry, chemistry of isotopes, physical chemistry and engineering of separation processes, cellular radiobiology and radiation chemistry, particularly that based on pulse radiolysis method. Nowadays with its nine electron accelerators in operation and with the staff experienced in the field of electron beam application, the Institute is one of the most advanced centers of science and technology in this domain.
The Institute is listed in the I cathegory scientific institutions group in accordance to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Scientific Council has rights to grant D.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of chemistry, and the Institute carries out third level studies (doctorate) in the field of nuclear and radiation chemistry. In 2008 six Ph.D. diplomas were granted.
The Institute has four pilot plants equipped in six electron accelerators: for radiation sterilization of medical devices and tissue graft, for radiation modification of polymers, for removal of SO2 and NOx from flue gases and for food hygenization.
The Institute is composed of three centers: Centre of Radiation Research and Technology, Centre of Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry, Centre of Radiobiology and Biological Dosimetry and seven laboratories: Laboratory for Measurements of Technological Doses, Laboratory for Detection of Irradiated Food, Laboratory of Nuclear Control Systems and Methods, Laboratory of Stable and Environmental Isotopes, Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Methods, Laboratory of Material Research, Pollution Control Technologies Laboratory, a library and an information center. It is editor of the scientific journal “Nukleonika” (listed on ISI IF journals), INCT reports and Annual Report.