DOE supports Hope College team’s development of atomic recycler

A major research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Dr. Graham Peaslee of the Hope College chemistry faculty will be used to support a project aimed at recycling at the atomic level. Peaslee is leading an effort to develop a system for collecting left-over radioisotopes generated through the use of large particle accelerators. He noted that the material, which currently goes to waste, could then be put to a variety of uses depending on the type collected - from cancer treatments to detecting illicit nuclear activity abroad.
Sep 30, 2011


The U.S. Department of Energy has supported the project with an $840,000, two-year research award for nuclear chemistry that will take effect beginning in December.

Peaslee is collaborating on the project with researchers from both the School of Medicine at Washington University and Michigan State University. Home of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, MSU will also host the $550 million federally funded “Facility for Rare Isotope Beams” — currently in the design phase for completion projected in 2018.

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