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Innovation Case Study #9: American Elements Produces Gadolinium Nitrate Heavy Water for Reactor Maintenance

#9: American Elements Produces Gadolinium Nitrate Heavy Water for Reactor Maintenance


The Challenge

American Elements was approached by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) to help with a maintenance issue at its nuclear facilities. One phase in a typical nuclear reactor clean out program is the introduction of gadolinium in the form of gadolinium nitrate hexahydrate (GdNO3 x 6H2O) to act as a neutron “getter.” The issue was created by the hydrated portion of the material introducing water (H2O) into the deuterium (H3O) bath contaminating the reaction vessel.

The Innovation

After evaluating several options, American Elements researchers came up with a novel solution. We synthesized a previously non-existent compound—GdNO3 x 6H3O, a form of gadolinium nitrate in which the water of hydration was replaced with 5 molecules of deuterium.

The Result

This unique material and approach is still undergoing testing, but has already demonstrated it allows for the introduction of gadolinium without water contamination, a potential huge cost savings to nuclear programs.
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Selected Products Supplied to the Nuclear Energy Industry

(6N) 99.9999% Bismuth Metal Aluminum Boride Aluminum Boride Sputtering Target Aluminum Dodecaboride
Aluminum Silicon Sputtering Target Barium Fluoride Window Barium Sulfate Barium Sulfide
Beryllium Disc Bismuth Lead Alloy Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Boralcan Boron Disc Boron Rod Boron-10 Carbide Sputtering Target
Boron-11 Isotope Boron-11 Isotope Sputtering Target Cadmium Plate Cadmium Sheet
Cadmium Zinc Alloy Calcium Borohydride Cerium Oxide Powder Chromium Sputtering Target
Cobalt Block Cobalt Cube Cobalt Foil Cobalt Iron Silicon Alloy
Cobalt Iron Silicon Foil Cobalt Iron Silicon Sputtering Target Cobalt Nanoparticle Dispersion Cobalt Nanoparticles
Cobalt Nickel Alloy Cobalt Sputtering Target Copper Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Powder
Copper Sputtering Target Diiron Boride Dysprosium Titanate Erbium Oxide Powder
Gadolinium Block Gadolinium Cube Gadolinium Foil Gadolinium Nitrate Hexahydrate
Gadolinium Nitrate Pentahydrate Gadolinium Nitrate Solution Gadolinium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Gadolinium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Germanium Powder Gold Foil Gold Wire Graphite Foil
Graphite, Natural Flake Hafnium Bars Hafnium Carbide Granules Hafnium Foil
Holmium(III) Hydroxide Inconel 718 Alloy Inconel 718 Alloy Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron Nanoparticle Dispersion
Iron Nanoparticles Iron Rhodium Alloy Iron Sputtering Target Lanthanum Strontium Chromite
Lithium Blocks Lithium Foil Lithium Titanate, Spinel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Lithium-6 Hydroxide Monohydrate
Lithium-7 Hydroxide Monohydrate Lutetium Ingot Magnesium Foil Magnesium Sulfate Hydrate
Manganese Disc Molybdenum Boats Molybdenum Furnace Components Molybdenum Oxide Powder
Molybdenum Tube Neodymium Hydroxide Nickel Chromium Iron Molybdenum Alloy Nickel Crucibles
Nickel Foam Nickel Mesh Nickel Nanoparticle Dispersion Nickel Nanoparticles
Nickel Pieces Nickel Sputtering Target Niobium Blocks Niobium Coil
Niobium Foil Niobium Sputtering Target Niobium Wire Palladium Sputtering Target
Palladium Tube Phosphor Bronze Phosphor Bronze Powder Rhenium Blocks
Rhenium Cubes Rhenium Foil Samarium Blocks Samarium Cubes
Samarium Foil Samarium Rod Silver Blocks Silver Cubes
Silver Foil Sodium Tungsten Oxide Dihydrate Strontium Dendritic Pieces Strontium Pieces
Tantalum Blocks Tantalum Carbide Granules Tantalum Carbide TaC Tantalum Crucibles
Tantalum Cubes Tantalum Foil Tantalum Pellets Tantalum Plate
Tantalum Tube Tellurium Oxide Powder Tellurium Tetrachloride Terbium Blocks
Terbium Cubes Terbium Foil Terbium Oxide Powder Thulium Wire
Tin Sputtering Target Titanium Sputtering Target Tungsten Blocks Tungsten Carbide Nanoparticles
Tungsten Foil Vanadium Pieces Vanadium Rod Vanadium Sheet
Vanadium Sputtering Target Ytterbium Blocks Ytterbium Cubes Ytterbium Foil
Ytterbium Oxide Powder Yttrium Powder Zinc Wire Zirconium Carbide
Zirconium Carbide Granules Zirconium Carbide Sputtering Target Zirconium Carbide Tile Zirconium Nitride
Zirconium Nitride Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Pellets Zirconium Powder Zirconium Sputtering Target
Zirconium-Tin Alloy (Zircaloy-4) Zirconyl Nitrate