Professor Greg Severin Awarded Grant to Harvest Medical Isotopes at FRIB

  • Jun 29, 2018
  • Gregory Severin

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s Office of Nuclear Physics awarded nearly $357,000 to a Michigan State University chemistry professor to look into new methods of gathering rare isotopes.

Greg Severin, MSU assistant professor of chemistry, will use the grant to explore these isotopes, which have promise in medical research. They will allow scientists to evaluate new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. 

Prof. Severin is testing the new isotope collection system at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) as well as developing a similar system for the new and more powerful Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).  

“Harvesting is one of the best ways to meet the growing research-isotope needs in the United States,” Severin said. “We will collect isotopes from NSCL and use them to take on challenging problems in basic and applied science.”

Once developed at NSCL, the system will later be used to harvest isotopes from FRIB. In addition to medical research, the isotopes can be used for studies in astrophysics, plant sciences and biochemistry. One main goal is to harvest the isotopes necessary for targeted alpha therapy, a promising new treatment option for metastatic cancer.