Molybdenum Carbide Nano-Powder for Production of Mo-99 Radionuclides

Abstract

At present, there are two ways to produce 99Mo in a reactor: 1) fission process—from U fission product by reaction 235U (n, f) 99Mo and 2) activation process—by radiation capture reaction 98Mo (n, γ) 99Mo. This paper presents the results of experiments performed with molybdenum carbide nano-powder to produce 99Mo. These results show the implementation of the above idea in practice.

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V. D. Risovany, K. V. Rotmanov, G. I. Maslakov, Y. D. Goncharenko, G. A. Shimansky, A. I. Zvir, I. M. Smirnova and I. N. Kuchkina, "Molybdenum Carbide Nano-Powder for Production of Mo-99 Radionuclides," World Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2012, pp. 58-63. doi: 10.4236/wjnst.2012.22010.

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