The MIT Reactor continues to serve the research, teaching, and radioisotope
needs of MIT and the surrounding community as it has since criticality
was first achieved on July 21, 1958. As the MITR-I, it operated routinely
on a 24 hours per day schedule from July 1959 until May of 1974, when
it was shut down for modification and overhaul. These were completed
in 1976, and the MITR-II is now in routine, 24 hours per day operation.
The MITR-II operates at powel levels of up to 6 MW to produce neutrons for a variety of
The Fission Converter Facility is now operational
and has been used for clinical trials of
Boron Neutron Capture Therapy. This facility is able to deliver
an estimated therapeutic dose in just a few minutes.
Below are some of the current Research areas...
- Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, which is a research
program aimed at developing a treatment for cancer.
Experiments, a group which operates a variety of in-core simulations
loops to study corrosion and water chemistry in commercial power
- Trace Element Analysis by the
Environmental Research and Radiochemistry group.
- Neutron Transmutation
Doping of Silicon.
Studies have been performed to support conversion of the reactor to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel.
Actual conversion of the MITR awaits sucessful safety testing and qualification of the fuel.