Isfahan(IP) - Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has inaugurated a semi-industrial production center for producing tellurium hexafluoride in Isfahan, central Iran.

Iran PressIran news: Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami visited Isfahan on the fifth day of the Ten-Day Fajr celebrations, which started on February 1, to mark the 45th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Tellurium hexafluoride, TeF6, is essential for stable radioisotopes used in medical sectors to diagnose and treat diseases.

Tellurium powder naturally has eight isotopes each of which has the potential to be enriched and separated. TeF6 would be enriched if tellurium powder was changed into tellurium hexafluoride gas.

Mohammad Eslami that a 10-megawatt research reactor in Isfahan will become Iran's fourth nuclear reactor in the region.

Eslami said that the process of designing and constructing reactors requires some detailed studies, preparation, and equipment designs, adding that plans for the new reactor in Isfahan had started last year.

Referring that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has declared the nuclear research center in Isfahan as one of the facilities dedicated to training objectives, Eslami added that Iran is using the center to assist Iranian academic centers and to train human resources.

According to the AEOI chief, the agency has three nuclear reactors in Isfahan and the fourth is under construction.

Pointing that only a few countries across the world are capable of developing such a technology, Eslami added that by strengthening and supporting the production chain of radiopharmaceuticals, Iran seeks to cut off dependence on foreign countries. 219

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