The heavy-element research program of the Dubna gas-filled recoil separator requires the use of rather exotic, strongly radioactive targets which can withstand long-term, high-intensity heavy-ion bombardments. A number of targets with thicknesses of 0.1-0.8 mg/cm 2 deposited on various backings by different techniques such as electrospraying, mechanical painting with organic solutions, as well as molecular plating or electrodeposition from organic solutions were tested. The best results were obtained for electroplated targets deposited on 1.5 μm Ti backings. Isotopically enriched targets of 235,236,238U, 242,244Pu, and 248Cm mounted on rotating disks were irradiated by ions ranging from neon to argon with intensities up to 2 × 10 13pps delivered by the U400 cyclotron. During two months of irradiation the total beam dose of the 34S ions applied to the target of 244Pu reached 2.5 × 10 19. Collaborative Dubna-Livermore experiments were performed in 1993-1995 by employing the Dubna gas-filled recoil separator and resulted in the discovery of the new nuclides 262104, 265106, 266106, 267108, and 273110. The experiments aimed at the synthesis of element 114 are under preparation. Target fabrication methods and experimental results for nuclear physics studies at Coulomb energies are described.