Separation Science and Technology, Vol.53, No.12, 1856-1863, 2018
MOEX: Solvent extraction approach for recycling enriched Mo-98/Mo-100 material
Several promising pathways exist for the production of Mo-99/Tc-99m using enriched Mo-98 or Mo-100. Use of Mo targets requires a major change in current generator technology, and the necessity for an efficient recycle pathway to recover valuable enriched Mo material. High recovery yields, purity, suitable chemical form and particle size are required. Results on the development of the MOEX - molybdenum solvent extraction - approach to recycle enriched Mo material are presented. The advantages of the MOEX process are very high decontamination factors from potassium and other elements, high throughput, easy scalability, automation and minimal waste generation.