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From the Largest to the Smallest: Applications of Radiochemistry at the University of Missouri Research Reactor

October 5, 2012 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Presenter 
J. David Robertson, University of Missouri, Department of Chemistry and MURR
Location 
Building 205
Type 
Seminar
Series 
Abstract:
The University of Missouri is unique in that it is home to one of the largest graduate radiochemistry programs in the country and the nation’s largest university research reactor. The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) is a national resource for research in neutron-related science and engineering, providing educational opportunities for students in these fields, and providing radiation and isotope production services. While the applications are numerous and varied, one of MURR’s key roles is employing nuclear science in the battle against cancer. The talk will begin with an overview of MURR and our work in the areas of isotope production and novel nanoparticle constructs for targeted radiotherapy. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are a discriminating technology of the 21st century. However, in order to take full advantage of the MEMS revolution, the power sources for these electronic and electromechanical systems must follow a similar trend of increased functionality at decreased size. Because of their high energy density, radioactive power sources are an alternative to next generation battery and fuel cell technologies. Radioisotope micropower source (RIMS) technology is being developed to safely and efficiently convert the energy release from radioactive decay to either electrical or mechanical power. Recent results on