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Our NIDC News reports the latest developments in U.S. Department of Energy’s isotope production efforts, university partnerships, facility improvements, staff news, and other notable center activities as they occur. Stay Connected

 

Americium-241 Available Now
Domestic Production of Americium-241 Restarted Did you know that for the last 20 years Americans have relied on a single foreign supplier for the active ingredient used in smoke detectors? The DOE Isotope Program has addressed this isotope shortage and is pleased to announce the re-established routine supply of americium-241 (Am-241). The isotope is vital for a variety of additional applications…
Bivans and Gillens Join the DOE Isotope Program
David Bivans joins the DOE Isotope Program as the Alternative Isotope Production Manager David Bivans has joined the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Isotope Program as the federal Program Manager for Alternative Isotope Production, replacing Joe Glaser who retired in December 2020. David has most recently been a technical advisor in the HQ office, detailed from DOE Environmental Management, and…
Garland, Grimm and Glaser retirement
The DOE Isotope Program has said farewell to three beloved colleagues who have all retired over the last several months. While we are all sad to say goodbye, we are appreciative of all they have done for the Isotope Program. We wish you all the best in your retirement! Marc Garland, Program Manager for Isotope Program Operations and the Deputy Director of the DOE Isotope Program After more than…
NIDC Annual Customer Survey
The NIDC, on behalf of the DOE Isotope Program, seeks input from the community on anticipated isotope product needs and potential supply shortages in the next five years. With this valuable information, the DOE IP will gain a clearer understanding of future market demand and, as a result, can better serve industrial and research entities by tailoring isotope production to meet their expressed…
User Meetings available now
In late July, the DOE Isotope Program and the NIDC hosted three isotope user meetings focusing on emerging alpha-emitters: actinium-225, astatine-211, and lead-212. If you were unable to attend, don't worry, you can now watch the recordings and view the presentations from each meeting. Take me to the recordings and presentations
Hot Cell Work
The U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program is pleased to release its 2020 Annual Update on Medical Isotopes. ​This document details the research, development, and production of medically relevant isotopes within the DOE Isotope Program. Also, updates to program initiatives such as stable isotope production, isotope harvesting, nuclear data, and the University Isotope Network, are outlined…
Dr. Saed Mirzadeh Retires from ORNL
ORNL Distinguished Scientist and Corporate Fellow Dr. Saed Mirzadeh Retires After more than 31 years with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), distinguished staff scientist and corporate fellow Dr. Saed Mirzadeh retired in September. Dr. Mirzadeh received a BS in chemistry from the National University of Iran and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of New Mexico. He began his…
2020 Fall Stakeholder Meetings
The DOE Isotope Program has set aside Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18, 2020, to host its virtual Fall Stakeholder Meetings. These “one-on-one” meetings offer an opportunity for companies, research institutions, and other organizations within the isotope community to personally discuss a wide range of isotope topics such as market supply/demand with…
Cathy Cutler moderates the Ac-225 User Meeting at the 2019 SNMMI Conference
This year the DOE Isotope Program will host three 90-minute virtual isotope user meetings focused on the following emerging alpha-emitters: actinium-225, astatine-211, and lead-212. The purpose of the meetings is to encourage free discussion and collaboration amongst users of specific isotopes and accelerate their widespread use in medicine.These webinar-style sessions will feature brief…
DOE IP and NIDC Virtual Meetings
Usually held during the SNMMI Annual Meeting, the DOE IP will now be conducting virtual "one-on-one" stakeholder meetings June 15–17, 2020. These meetings offer a great opportunity for the isotope community to personally discuss a variety of topics such as isotope supply and demand issues with the DOE IP director, DOE program managers, and the NIDC staff. The deadline to schedule a…