The production of non-commercially available 135La by proton irradiation of an isotopically enriched [135Ba]BaCO3 target at a cyclotron is described. The purification of the radionuclide was performed by a La-selective resin. 135La was separated in no-carrier-added (n.c.a) form in a nitric acid solution with a radiochemical yield of 83 ± 5% and a total activity per batch of 43 ± 3 MBq. The enriched [135Ba]Ba was recycled to the carbonate form with a recovery of 90 ± 3%. On the basis of a detection limit of 1 Bq/mL, solutions of n.c.a. 135La could be measured down to the 10–15 mol/L concentration range.
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