tech talk Delft: how to handle 2 MW of power in a matchbox-sized target.

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Join Patrick de Jager, senior director research at ASML, and our colleague Johannes Jobst, senior mechatronic system engineer, when they discuss how to handle 2 Megawatt (MW) of power in an irradiation target that has the size of a matchbox. This part is key in the process of producing the medical radioisotope Mo-99 for cancer diagnostics, without the need for a nuclear reactor. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and a networking session.

An exposure on the limits of what is possible
Radioisotopes are widely used for medical diagnostics and treatment such as cancer care. In particular, the Mo-99/Tc-99m system is the most commonly used medical radioisotope in the world with tens of millions of diagnostic procedures annually. Unfortunately, the current production method relies on uranium fission and yields a lot of nuclear waste.

In the framework of the SMART project, IRE develops a novel production facility for Mo-99 that relies on exposing a molybdenum target with high-energy electrons (the LightHouse Isotopes concept). The planned factory will supply a large part of the global Mo-99 demand without the need for a nuclear reactor and thus, almost without nuclear waste.

With the exposure subsystem, Demcon is developing the heart of this groundbreaking factory. It comprises the module where the electron beam hits the molybdenum target and the Mo-99 isotope is produced under the generation of extreme heat, as well as, the systems to extract and harvest the activated target and replenish it with fresh molybdenum.

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Date: June 8, 2022 (postponed until further notice)
Time: 4:00 p.m. (GMT+1)
Location: Demcon in Delft (Delftechpark 23, Delft)

4:00 p.m. – welcome
4:15 p.m. – introduction
4:30 p.m. – Patrick de Jager
5:00 p.m. – Johannes Jobst
5:30 p.m. – Q&A
5:45 p.m. – drinks & bites



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