Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the 2000 International RERTR Meeting
PRODUCTION OF MO-99 FROM LEU TARGETS--BASE-SIDE PROCESSING
F. Vandegrift, Yoshikazu Koma, Hector Cols, Cliff Conner, Scott Aase,
Magdalin Peter, David Walker, Ralph A. Leonard, and James L.
Argonne, Illinois, U.S.A.
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
is cooperating with the Argentine Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA)
to convert their 99Mo production process, which uses high enriched uranium
(HEU), to low-enriched uranium (LEU).
Progress discussed in this year’s paper includes optimization of (1) the
digestion of LEU foil by sodium hydroxide solution and (2) the primary recovery
of molybdenum by anion exchange. Also
discussed are ANL/CNEA plans for demonstrating the irradiation and digestion of
LEU-foil targets and recovering 99Mo in Argentina later this
year. Our results show that, up to...