The group studies the chemistry of radioactive materials in medical isotope production and the nuclear fuel cycle. Our research is aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of radiochemical processes via experimental determination and modeling of the underlying kinetics, thermodynamics, and mechanisms of the relevant chemistries. A thorough understanding of these parameters enables the development of potentially transformational technologies for irradiated target processing techniques, and optimization and scale-up of production and separation processes integral to advanced nuclear fuel cycles.
Current research goals:
- Supporting RD&D of commercially-viable Tc-99m/Mo-99 production, separation, and purification methodologies
- Optimization and scale-up of developed technologies for commercial implementation by potential Tc-99m/Mo-99 producers
- Study of radiation damage and effects on materials used in radiochemical system.
- Development and optimization of processes for hot cell radiochemistry operations including automation of technologies
- RD&D of medical radioisotope production and separation technologies focusing on discovery and scaling these technologies in order to deliver radioisotopes for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications
- Applying new methods such as microfluidic devices to study the kinetics of chemical reactions designed for more efficient radioisotope separations