DOE Isotope Program Highlights

News highlights from all participating national laboratories, university facilities, and other research institutions which feature work from the U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program can be found here.

Workers load uranium slugs into the X-10 Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge in 1943

A Forgotten Legacy: How Nuclear Reactors Built for War Transformed Peacetime Science

Isotopes were discovered in the early 20th century, during a period of remarkable progress in our understanding of matter.
HFIR Pools

Isotopes - Improved Process for Medicine

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have discovered a better way to separate actinium-227, a rare isotope essential for an FDA-approved cancer treatment.
Hot cell at LANL

Ordinary People Extraordinary Times

As COVID-19 alters American life, a once-anonymous collection of workers have kept Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico in operation.
Argonne Facebook Live Still

Medical Isotope Production at Argonne National Laboratory

Everyday, doctors use medical isotopes to diagnose and treat various illnesses, including cancer.

NPR Story: The Convoluted Story of How The First Atoms of Tennessine Were Created

Tennessine is an extremely rare element. Only a few dozen atoms of it have ever been produced. The tale of how the first atoms of Tennessine were created is complicated.
ORNL Researcher Julie Ezold

American Nuclear Society Recognizes ORNL's Julie Ezold

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) recognized nuclear researcher, Julie Ezold of the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at its annual Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo.
3-D Periodic Table at New York Hall of Science

3-D Periodic Table at New York Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science unveiled a 3-D version of the periodic table of elements in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table.
Postdoctoral researcher Robin de Kruijff (PHY) helps Dave Rotsch (CFC) (left) and his team study radioisotopes for medical applications.

EOF division helps Argonne scientists stay at the forefront of nuclear medicine

Every day, 40,000 patients undergo diagnostic scans using radioactive isotopes in the U.S. to help detect cancer and other diseases.
Gert Patello

Women @ Energy: Dr. Gert Patello

Gert Patello is a senior project manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She oversees PNNL’s Isotope Program and serves as the main programmatic interface for PNNL with the DOE Office of Science Nuclear Physics Isotope Program

Department of Energy Announces $6.5 Million for Isotope R&D and Production

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $6.5 million in funding for 15 awards to advance isotope research, development, and production.