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Apr 1 – 5, 2019
Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel
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The strategic plans of SCK•CEN towards a routine production of 225Ac from 226Ra

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Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel

Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel


Stephan Heinitz (Project leader)


With the steadily growing demand in alpha emitting radionuclides for cancer therapy, a project has been launched at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) aiming towards the routine production of 225Ac. In possession of a large stock of purified 226Ra from earlier activities (1), the goal of the project is to exploit the most efficient production route and implement it in the coming years on site. The envisaged nuclear reactions involve the direct 226Ra(p,2n)225Ac route using a cyclotron or the indirect reaction via 226Ra(γ,n)225Ra(β-)225Ac using Bremsstrahlung photons from an electron accelerator (2). In order to be able to handle large activities of alpha emitters as well as the progeny of 226Ra, a sophisticated Rn trapping system will be implemented into an existing hot-cell, where Ci levels of 226Ra will be processed in the future. The radiochemical separation system has already been developed at tracer levels and tested for the separation of Ra/Ac and Ac/Pb, Bi and Po. The handling of large quantities of radium in connection with the design of a suitable target for irradiation purposes are considered as the most demanding challenges of this project. We present a roadmap of the envisaged activities and give an overview on strategic partners involved in the 225Ac development program. (1) Baetsle L.H., Dejonghe P., Demildt A.C.: Large scale production of 227Ac and development of an isotopic heat source fueled with 227Ac2O3, Proceedings of the 4th United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Geneva (Switzerland), A/Conf.49/P/287, New York, 191-203 (1972). (2) Pottier, J.: A new type of rf electron accelerator: the rhodotron, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 40-41, 943-945 (1989).
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Stephan Heinitz (Project leader)


Dennis Elema (SCK-CEN) Mr Dominic Maertens (SCK.CEN) Jasper Mermans (SCK-CEN) Prof. Thomas Cardinaels (SCK-CEN)

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