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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 Boron-10B Sputtering Target Beryllium Disc Bismuth Lead Alloy Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion
Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Boralcan Boric 11 Acid Isotope Boric Acid 10-B
Boron Disc Boron Rod Boron-10 Carbide Isotope Boron-10 Carbide Sputtering Target
Boron-10 Isotope Boron-10 Isotope Sputtering Target Boron-10 Oxide Isotope Boron-10 Trifluoride Isotope
Boron-11 Carbide Isotope Boron-11 Isotope Boron-11 Isotope Sputtering Target Boron-11 Oxide Isotope
Boron-11 Trifluoride Isotope 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