Volume 90 Issue 22 | pp. 30-32
Issue Date: May 28, 2012

Heavy Problems For Heavy Water

Exit of a major supplier has lab chemical makers scrambling
Department: Business | Collection: Sustainability
Keywords: heavy water, deuterium oxide, NMR, spectroscopy

Last December, Ontario Power Generation sent a letter to a small group of customers informing them that it would stop selling deuterium oxide by the end of 2012. The company, a nuclear power producer that is the main supplier of electricity to the Canadian province, told the customers that it was keeping the material for itself.

Deuterium oxide is a doubly deuterated form of water commonly called heavy water. The planned . . .

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