On the production of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuels at CERCA

About the lecture


CERCA, division of Framatome, is working in the field of research reactors fuel manufacturing and irradiation targets manufacturing. CERCA activities include fabrication of uranium-based medical-use targets. Framatome proposes a comprehensive solution for the supply of activation targets for irradiation reactors.

This evening lecture aims at giving an overview on CERCA business , their customers and development. It will also discuss about the leading edge research and industrialisation CERCA is doing on research reactor metallic fuel and ongoing conversion projects (HEU to LEU fuel).


18:30: Introduction of the EVL
18:35: Presentation by the speakers
19:25: Q&A
19:45: Drink
20:30: End


Registration to the event is mandatory and occurs solely via our website. Deadline: Thursday the 27th of June, 12 AM


Jun 27, 2024


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


University fondation
Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles


  • Bertrand Stepnik
    Bertrand Stepnik

    Mr. Bertrand Stepnik has obtained his PhD in Physics at the Paris 6 University and an Engineer degree. He has 15 years of experience in metallic fuel manufacturing, focused in research reactor fuels and Mo-99 targets. His present position is R&D Director in CERCA division of Framatome. He is Framatome and EDF Senior expert.

  • Ralf Gathmann
    Ralf Gathmann

    Mr Ralf Gathmann has obtained his PhD at SNECMA in 1993. He spent 27 years at CORYS, French company group owned by Framatome (50%), EDF (25%) and IFPEN (25%). He has filled many functions there, ranging from R&D engineer to Operations Manager, and finally President and CEO of CORYS. He became Director of Nuclear Services CEO of Framatome Ltd in 2020, and Country Representative UK in 2022. Since 2024, he is the head of CERCA.

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