Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry
Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry performs research and addresses mission needs related to the nation’s nuclear energy, renewable energy and medical imaging arenas. Mission thrust areas within the group include actinide chemistry supporting new materials and separation processes, development of the production methods and applications of accelerator-produced radioisotopes, and energy storage/production methods using chemical systems. Basic and applied research conducted within the group includes nuclear chemistry and physics, accelerator target physics, inorganic chemistry, catalysis and chemical transformations, and environmental chemistry in support of these programs. Current major sponsors include NNSA, DOE energy and Office of Science, other federal agencies, and LANL institutional support. Key collaborations exist with LANSCE, T, B, and MPA Divisions, with other groups within C Division, and with university, industrial and other national lab partners.
Researchers are exploring the possibility of replacing the normally used noble metal catalysts with earth-abundant metals such as cobalt.
Domestic production of medical isotope
Mo-99 moves a step closer