TDB Project Course – Seventh Edition: Thermodynamic Data Collection and Assessment
About the course

The seventh edition of the annual NEA Thermochemical Database (TDB) Project course on the topic of thermodynamic data collection and assessment took place as a one-day, in-person event on 23 September 2023 in Nantes, France. The event was orginised before the Migration Conference (24 -29 September 2023). 

Organised by the NEA TDB Project, the course is designed to familiarise scientists with current NEA TDB activities and standards, provide an overview of data collection and analysis techniques, and work through some real system examples to demonstrate the critical evaluation and data assessment process. Retaining high scientific standards for the collection, interpretation, critical review and application of thermodynamic data is a key goal of the NEA TDB, and helps assure that a strong scientific basis for the safety case is maintained to support international nuclear waste management options.

Target audience

Ideally designed for graduate students, young scientists (typically postdoctoral students) or any scientists who are new to the nuclear chemistry field and its application to nuclear waste management (repository science as well as environmental remediation/containment of near-surface contamination sites). The course also further targets scientists interested in broader environmental applications of the NEA TDB and the collection and application of thermodynamic data.

Practical information


Topic 1: Overview of the NEA and NEA TDB activities and projects

Topic 2: Overview of guidelines for the collection and analysis of thermodynamic data

Topic 3: Critical evaluation and assessment exercise

Topic 4: Other thermodynamic databases and implementer's perspective

Topic 5: Thermodynamic data in the context of uranium mining

Instructors: Xavier Gaona (KIT-INE, Germany), Don Reed (LANL, USA), Marcus Altmaier (KIT-INE, Germany), Lara Duro (Amphos21, Spain),  Pascal Reiller (CEA, France), Jesus S. Martinez (NEA, France)

Date and time: 23 September 2023, 9:00-18:00 (CEST/ Paris time)

Location: Mercure Nantes Centre Grand Hôtel, 4 Rue du Couedic, 44000 Nantes, France

Previous editions of the TDB course
  • 1st edition: 10 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2nd edition: 18 August 2018, Boston, MA, USA
  • 3rd edition: 14 September 2019, Kyoto, Japan
  • 4th edition: 12 November 2020, online
  • 5th edition: 18-19 November 2021, online
  • 6th edition: 15-16 November 2022, online