Rapid Synthesis of Radioactive Transition-Metal Carbonyl Complexes at Ambient Conditions

Julia Even, Alexander Yakushev, Christoph E. Duellmann*, Jan Dvorak, Robert Eichler, Oliver Gothe, Daniel Hild, Egon Jaeger, Jadambaa Khuyagbaatar, Jens V. Kratz, Joerg Krier, Lorenz Niewisch, Heino Nitsche, Inna Pysmenetska, Matthias Schaedel, Brigitta Schausten, Andreas Tuerler, Norbert Wiehl, David Wittwer

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Carbonyl complexes of radioactive transition metals can be easily synthesized with high yields by stopping nuclear fission or fusion products in a gas volume containing CO. Here, we focus on Mo, W, and Os complexes. The reaction takes place at pressures of around 1 bar at room temperature, i.e., at conditions that are easy to accommodate. The formed complexes are highly volatile. They can thus be transported within a gas stream without major losses to setups for their further investigation or direct use. The rapid synthesis holds promise for radiochemical purposes and will be useful for studying, e.g., chemical properties of superheavy elements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6431-6433
Number of pages3
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 18-Jun-2012
Externally publishedYes



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