17-06-2021

tech talk: How to handle 2 MW of power in a matchbox-sized target.

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Join our colleagues Johannes Jobst and Josée Kleibeuker when they discuss how to handle 2 Megawatt (MW) of power in an irradiation target that has the size of a matchbox. This part is key in the process of producing the medical radioisotope Mo-99 for cancer diagnostics, without the need for a nuclear reactor. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and a virtual networking session.

An exposure on the limits of what is possible
Radioisotopes are widely used for medical diagnostics and treatment such as cancer care. In particular, the Mo-99/Tc-99m system is the most commonly used medical radioisotope in the world with tens of millions of diagnostic procedures annually. Unfortunately, the current production method relies on uranium fission and yields a lot of nuclear waste.

In the framework of the SMART project, IRE develops a novel production facility for Mo-99 that relies on exposing a molybdenum target with high-energy electrons (the LightHouse Isotopes concept). The planned factory will supply a large part of the global Mo-99 demand without the need for a nuclear reactor and thus, almost without nuclear waste.

With the exposure module, Demcon is developing the heart of this groundbreaking factory. It comprises the target where the electron beam hits the molybdenum target and the Mo-99 isotope is produced under the generation of extreme heat, as well as, the systems to extract the activated target and replenish it with fresh molybdenum.

Register for the Tech Talk

When: June 17, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. (GMT+1)
Meeting: Livestream via YouTube, you will receive the link a few days in advance. You will also receive a link for the virtual networking session.
Language: English