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2000 International RERTR Meeting

PRODUCTION OF MO-99 FROM LEU TARGETS--BASE-SIDE PROCESSING

George F. Vandegrift, Yoshikazu Koma, Hector Cols, Cliff Conner, Scott Aase, Magdalin Peter, David Walker, Ralph A. Leonard, and James L. Snelgrove

Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, Illinois, U.S.A.

ABSTRACT

 

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...


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