Italian-Chinese workshop at LNL to strengthen collaboration in anti-tumor therapy based on boron neutron capture (BNCT)

The Legnaro National Laboratories hosted on 6 and 7 December 2023 a Chinese delegation made up of professors and researchers from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), experts from the Neuboron Medical Solutions company and medical managers from the Xiamen Humanity Hospital ( XHH). The theme of the scientific visit was Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), selected as a Project of Great Relevance “AMONG_US” financed by the MAECI and the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) within the framework of scientific and technological cooperation between Italy and China. INFN is the Italian partner of the project and involves the Pavia Section and the Legnaro National Laboratories, while on the Chinese side the partner is primarily the XHH hospital. With this meeting, the foundations were laid to deepen and extend collaboration on topics such as microdosimetry and the study of innovative radioisotopes for medical use.

Group’s picture

New director at LNL

On Friday November 3rd, 2023 prof. Faïçal Azaiez begins his activity as INFN LNL director. A ceremony with the INFN president prof. Antonio Zoccoli, two council members dott. Diego Bettoni and dott. Pierluigi Campana, and the former LNL director dott.ssa Fabiana Gramegna, underlines this important moment for LNL. Elected at the meeting of the Board of Directors on July 21st, Prof. Faïçal Azaiez will lead the Legnaro National Laboratories for the next four years.

Dott. Pierluigi Campana, prof. Faïçal Azaiez (LNL director), prof. Antonio Zoccoli, dott.ssa Fabiana Gramegna, dott. Diego Bettoni

The pilot beam of SPES

On Tuesday October 31st, after a short conditioning of the ISOL machine, a first ion beam was produced inside the SPES bunker. The ion beam was composed by non-radioactive atoms, it is usually called pilot beam. The beam, with a current of approximately 400 nA consisting mainly of nitrogen, potassium and carbon oxide ions, was extracted with a voltage of 50 kV and it was accelerated to the very first reading instrument (Faraday Cup) along the beam line. This is the first step to have an exotic ion beam for nuclear and interdisciplinary physics studies as foreseen in the SPES project.

The ISOL machine inside SPES bunker. On the lower left corner, the picture of the current reading trace while turning on the ion source.