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American Elements supplies a full line of stable non-radioactive isotopes for basic research. Our research lead to the first nuclear getter material made with deuterium.

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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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