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Iran Starts Uranium Dioxide Production

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TEHRAN, April 9 (ICANA) – Iran on Saturday launched a uranium dioxide (UO2) production unit on the occasion of the country's 'National Day of Nuclear Technology'.
Saturday, April 09, 2011 8:06:17 PM
Iran Starts Uranium Dioxide Production

Uranium dioxide or uranium(IV) oxide (UO2), also known as urania or uranous oxide, is an oxide of uranium, and is a black, radioactive, crystalline powder that naturally occurs in the mineral uraninite. It is used in nuclear fuel rods in nuclear reactors.

UO2 is used mainly as nuclear fuel, specifically as UO2 or as a mixture of UO2 and PuO2 (plutonium dioxide) called a mixed oxide (MOX fuel) for fuel rods in nuclear reactors.

Also on Saturday, Iran started production of copper-64 radiomedicine which puts the country among the first four producers of this radiomedicine in the world.

According to a report by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Iranian experts managed to produce the radiomedicine for the first time in the country using raw materials.

Copper-64 is a radioactive nuclide of copper which has unique decay properties making it useful in nuclear medicine for both imaging and therapy.

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