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Nickel Isotopes

Stable Nickel Isotopes - Ni Isotopes
Nominal
mass
Accurate
mass
% Natural
abundance
Chemical
form
Enrichment
available %

54 Ni     oxide 95+

58 Ni 57.9353462 (16) 68.0769 metal, oxide, sulphate 99+

60 Ni 59.9307884 (16) 26.2231 metal, oxide 95 - 99+

61 Ni 60.9310579 (16) 1.1399 metal, oxide, sulphate 89 - 94+

62 Ni 61.9283461 (16) 3.6345 metal 96 - 98+

64 Ni 63.9279679 (17) 0.9256 metal, oxide 84 - 98+
 

Nickel Isotopes are used for the production of several radioisotopes. Ni-64 is used for the production of Cu-64 which is used in radioimmunotherapy. Ni-61 can be used for the production of the PET radioisotope Cu-61. Ni-62 is used for the production of the radioisotope Ni-63 which can be used as an XRF source, as an electron capture source in gas chromatographs and as a power source in microelectromechanical systems. Ni-58 can be used for the production of the radioisotope Co-58. Ni-60 is used for the production of Co-57 which is used in bone densitometry and as a gamma camera reference source. Ni-60 is also used as an alternative for the production of Cu-61, but the route via Ni-61 is more common. Finally, most stable Nickel Isotopes have been used to study human absorption of Nickel. Ni 64 is currently in high demand.