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Experimental and theoretical work focused on the development of novel separation methods applicable to the recovery of radioisotopes from targets, and to advanced nuclear fuel cycles.

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