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ABSTRACT: A number of research irradiations of (68)Zn was carried out at Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer aiming to develop a practical approach to produce the radioisotope (67)Cu through the high energy (68)Zn(p,2p)(67)Cu reaction. Disks of enriched zinc were prepared by electrodeposition of (68)Zn on aluminum or titanium substrate and isolated in the aluminum capsule for irradition. Irradiations were carried out with 128, 105 and 92 MeV protons for at least 24h. After irradiation the disk was chemically processed to measure production yield and specific activity of (67)Cu and to reclaim the target material. The recovered (68)Zn was irradiated and processed again. The chemical procedure comprised BioRad cation exchange, Chelex-100 and anion exchange columns. Reduction of the oxidation degree of copper allowed for more efficient Cu/Co/Zn separation on the anion exchange column. No radionuclides other than copper isotopes were detected in the final product. The chemical yield of (67)Cu reached 92-95% under remote handling conditions in a hot box. Production yield of (67)Cu averaged 29.2 μCi/[μA-h×g (68)Zn] (1.08MBq/[μA-h×g (68)Zn]) in 24h irradiations. The best specific activity achieved was 18.6 mCi/μg (688.2 MBq/μg).
Applied radiation and isotopes: including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine 10/2011; 70(3):423-9. DOI:10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.10.007