Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations

Molybdenum-99 (99Mo): Past, Present, and Future


Publishing date
18 Oct 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
31 May 2013

Lead Editor

1Isotope Production Division, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Nilore, Islamabad, Pakistan

2Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439, USA

3Ezeiza Atomic Center, National Commission of Atomic Energy, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Molybdenum-99 (99Mo): Past, Present, and Future

Description

Molybdenum-99 (99Mo, half-life = 66 h) is a parent of diagnostic nuclear medicine. It decays to technetium-99m (99mTc, half-life = 6 h), which is used in over 30 million investigations per year around the world. Supplies of fission 99Mo/99mTc generators remained fragile in the last few years and shortages are likely to occur again in the short and long terms. A research reactor is only one piece of the linear supply chain of 99Mo/99mTc that exists today. In April 2010, the United States and 46 other countries signed an agreement to phase out HEU for civilian uses to reduce proliferation concerns. Now scientists and engineers involved in 99Mo production are working to determine on how to continue to make 99Mo with low-enriched uranium (LEU, <20% 235U) and other alternatives that do not require fissioning of 235U. To overcome the shortage of 99Mo, various routes of its production by accelerators and reactors generating low and high specific activity products have been planned.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the issues relating to production of acceptable 99Mo to end users and environmentalist. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Production of fission-based 99Mo
  • Production of n, gamma-based 99Mo
  • Accelerator-based 99Mo production
  • Conversion of fission Mo-99 production to LEU
  • Role of different countries and organization to resolve potential shortage issues
  • Role of commercial suppliers of 99Mo and processing technologies
  • 99mTc generators using low specific activity 99Mo
  • Concentration techniques for 99mTc
  • Good manufacturing practices and quality control of 99Mo
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Alternatives to 99Mo/99mTc

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 839369
  • - Editorial

Molybdenum-99 (99Mo): Past, Present, and Future

Mushtaq Ahmad | George Vandegrift | Pablo Cristini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 345252
  • - Review Article

Generator Development: Up-to-Date Recovery Technologies for Increasing the Effectiveness of Utilisation

Van So Le
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 926026
  • - Review Article

Immobilisation of Higher Activity Wastes from Nuclear Reactor Production of 99Mo

Martin W. A. Stewart | Eric R. Vance | ... | Walter Bermudez
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 514894
  • - Review Article

History and Actual State of Non-HEU Fission-Based Mo-99 Production with Low-Performance Research Reactors

S. Dittrich
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 972381
  • - Research Article

Evaluation of and Productions Based on a High-Performance Cyclotron

J. Esposito | G. Vecchi | ... | M. Gambaccini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 704846
  • - Research Article

Production Cycle for Large Scale Fission Mo-99 Separation by the Processing of Irradiated LEU Uranium Silicide Fuel Element Targets

Abdel-Hadi Ali Sameh
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 673535
  • - Research Article

Assembly and Irradiation Modeling of Residual Stresses in Low-Enriched Uranium Foil-Based Annular Targets for Molybdenum-99 Production

Srisharan G. Govindarajan | Brian S. Graybill | ... | Gary L. Solbrekken
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 932546
  • - Research Article

The Fission-Based  99Mo Production Process ROMOL-99 and Its Application to PINSTECH Islamabad

Rudolf Muenze | Gerd Juergen Beyer | ... | Ahmad Mushtaq
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 379283
  • - Research Article

Influence of the Generator in-Growth Time on the Final Radiochemical Purity and Stability of Radiopharmaceuticals

L. Uccelli | A. Boschi | ... | M. Gambaccini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 402570
  • - Research Article

A Solution-Based Approach for Mo-99 Production: Considerations for Nitrate versus Sulfate Media

Amanda J. Youker | Sergey D. Chemerisov | ... | George F. Vandegrift
Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
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