Rapid analysis of americium and plutonium in environmental samples by alpha-spectrometry

Amoli, HS and Barker, J (2007) Rapid analysis of americium and plutonium in environmental samples by alpha-spectrometry. Indian Journal Of Chemistry Section A-Inorganic Bio-Inorganic Physical Theoretical & Ananlytical Chemistry, 46(10), pp. 1618-1620. ISSN (print) 0376-4710

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Abstract

A new method to assay americium and plutonium in soil samples is reported here. Using the method, it is possible to have a uniform and thin layer of the sample on alpha-spectrometer disc by electroplating. Prior to electrodeposition, the sample is separated by short column chromatography. A current of 900 mA and a plating time of 90 min in the pH range 2�2.5 have been found to be the best conditions for the deposition of americium. Optimum conditions for separation and electrodeposition of plutonium from soil samples have also been obtained. The modified procedures have been successfully applied for the simultaneous determination of Am and Pu.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mass-spectrometry, electrodeposition, spectroscopy, actinides, sediments, chernobyl, uranium
Research Area: Chemistry
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Pharmacy and Chemistry
Depositing User: Automatic Import Agent
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 10:37
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:49
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/12794

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