Analytical methods

 

Tested and validated analytical procedures are important tools for the production of reliable, comparable and ‘fit for purpose’ analytical measurements. However, finding and choosing a procedure can be a challenge due to a wide variety of technologies available and the rapidity of developments in the field.

Therefore, since 2004 the IAEA’s programme related to ALMERA has included activities aimed towards the development of a set of procedures for determination of radionuclides in environmental samples. It is intended that as these are developed, they will be made available to laboratories wishing to use procedures that have been validated by a large number of laboratories and therefore could be regarded as having been widely tested.

ALMERA validated methods

  • A procedure for the determination of Po-210 in water samples by alpha spectrometry, IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 12, 2009 (download report (pdf))
  • Rapid Simultaneous Determination of 89Sr and 90Sr in Milk: A Procedure Using Cerenkov and Scintillation Counting, IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 27, 2013 (download report (pdf))
  • A Procedure for the Sequential Determination of Radionuclides in Phosphogypsum: Liquid Scintillation Counting and Alpha Spectrometry for 210Po, 210Pb, 226Ra, Th and U Radioisotopes, IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 34, 2014 (download report (pdf))
  • A Procedure for the Sequential Determination of Radionuclides in Environmental Samples: Liquid Scintillation Counting and Alpha Spectrometry for 90Sr, 241Am and Pu Radioisotopes, IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 37, 2014 (download report (pdf))
  • A Procedure for the Rapid Determination of 226Ra and 228Ra in Drinking Water by Liquid Scintillation Counting, IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 39, 2014 (download report (pdf))
  • A procedure for the rapid determination of Pu isotopes and Am-241 in soil and sediment samples by alpha spectrometry, IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 11, 2009 (download report (pdf))

The following review report is also available as an IAEA Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series document:

  • Determination of radium isotopes in environmental samples, Analytical Quality in Nuclear Applications Series No. 19, 2010 (download report (pdf))

Useful reference publications

Software and databases

 

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