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Russian chemists found a method of producing a metal technetium

Russian scientists from RCTU named after D. I. Mendeleev together with colleagues from other institutes found a simple and cheap method for the synthesis of technetium — expensive and highly sought after metal that is practically not found in nature. The study is published in the journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry.

Technetium is a radioactive element that in large quantities contained in spent nuclear fuel. It is widely used in nuclear medicine as a contrast label for diagnostics of internal organs and tumors, but because of the complex process of obtaining it is very expensive.