Mini-SHINE: Fission of Mo-99 with Accelerator Driven Subcritical Systems

Zaijing Sun
Nuclear Chemical Engineering Department

Nuclear Engineering Division

Argonne National Laboratory

Mo-99 Decay Mode & Mini-SHINE Graphic

The unexpected shutdowns of the major molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production facilities in Canada have resulted in significant shortages of this important medical isotope in the United States. To resolve this issue, Argonne National Laboratory is providing technical assistance to the SHINE Medical Technologies in their efforts to become a domestic producer of Mo-99. In this talk, we provide an overview of the Mini-SHINES experiments—a mini-scale Mo-99 production line of SHINE technologies conducted at Argonne. Focuses are given to the computer simulations, experimental design/implementation, and bubble experiments. Some results and problems from Phase I of the experiments are discussed as well.

Dr. Zaijing Sun received his Ph.D. in applied nuclear physics from the Idaho Accelerator Center at the Idaho State University. He also has a master’s degree in Archaeometry from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). His research interests focus on medical isotope production, homeland security applications of nuclear physics, computer simulation of nuclear processes, and photonuclear reactions. His is also interested in applying nuclear techniques to biological, environmental, and archeological sciences. Currently, he is a member of the Nuclear and Environmental Processes Group in the Nuclear Engineering Division at the Argonne National Laboratory.