TOKYO (Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET) — Teijin Chemicals Ltd. will begin supplying a low-cost radiation-fluorescent plastic by the end of September.
Scintirex, developed with Kyoto University Nuclear Reactor Research Institute and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan, is designed to be used as a scintillator, the core material used in radiation detectors and some medical equipment.
Tokyo-based Teijin Chemicals says Scintirex will help to reduce the total cost of radiation detectors by slashing the production cost of scintillators to one-tenth or less of current levels.
The material is also superior to conventional scintillators in terms of luminescence, refractive index and density, and because it is a polyester resin, offers easier moldability, according to the company.
“Conventional scintillators are made with special plastic containing fluorescent agents,” Teijin said in a statement. “A low-cost alternative that enables the production of inexpensive radiation detectors has long been sought. Scintirex now answers this need.”