Topic: Isotope

Improved Method for Isotope Enrichment Could Secure a Vital Global Commodity

June 30, 2014

[caption id="attachment_46733" align="alignright" width="400" caption="MAGIS Device (magnetically activated and guided isotope separation). Click on the image to view an animation of the MAGIS device in action and to read more about how it works. Animation by Marianna Grenadier."]MAGIS Device (magnetically activated and guided isotope separation).[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world's most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics. For many isotopes, the new method is cheaper than existing methods. For others, it is more environmentally friendly.

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