Enriched Molybdenum

Molybdenum isotopes have many medical uses. For instance, Mo98 and Mo100 are used for new uranium-free production methods of 99mTc, radioisotope used in 80% of nuclear medicine procedures. These applications require a high enrichment level, a very high chemical purity and a secure and stable supply chain.

The Solution

With its gas centrifugation isotope separation process, using state-of-the-art centrifuges, Orano Stable Isotopes is able to enrich molybdenum up to 99,99%, for each one of its 7 natural isotopes (92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100). Orano offers a reliable, proven and efficient solution for molybdenum enrichment.

This solution is completed with deconversion services in the chemical form required.

Key Features

  • Enrichment up 99,9% and depletion down to 0,1% by gas centrifugation of MoF6 at the Tricastin site in one of the seven natural molybdenum isotopes
  • Delivery in various chemical form: metal (Mo), gaseous (MoF6), oxide (MoO3)…

Expertise & Experiences

The stable isotopes production uses technologies and know-how developed for uranium over the past 60 years. With its 1900 employees, an R&D center with about 50 experts, and state-of-the-art industrial tools (the Philippe Coste plant for fluorine chemistry, the George Besse II factories using the most advanced centrifugation technology), the Tricastin site has naturally been chosen to host Orano’s stable isotopes production, which benefits from all the advantages provided by this industrial platform.

Your Benefits at a glance

  • Enrichment and chemical form according to the client’s needs
  • Very high chemical and isotopic purity
  • Proven technology
  • Reliable and thorough European supply chain and production

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