Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 291, Issue 2, pp 535–541 | Cite as

A trial proficiency test of eight NAA laboratories in Asia using stream sediments

  • John W. BennettEmail author
  • Mitsuru Ebihara
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Paul Armishaw
  • Raluca Iavetz
  • Vu Dong Cao
  • Syed M. Hossain
  • Donghui Huang
  • Sutisna
  • Nazaratul A. Abd. Salim


Eight neutron activation analysis research groups from seven countries have participated in a trial proficiency test under the auspices of the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia. Three stream sediment reference materials were used in the test. A high degree of proficiency was found in the quantification of Co and Sc and more than 20 elements were well quantified by the majority of laboratories. The results support the use of neutron activation analysis, as practised by the participants, for geochemical mapping. The data produced in this study may provide an opportunity to improve the characterisation of the three reference materials.


Proficiency test NAA k0-NAA Geochemical mapping JSd-1 JSd-2 JSd-3 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the role of the FNCA Secretariat in distributing the sediment samples to the participants in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Bennett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mitsuru Ebihara
    • 2
  • Tsuyoshi Tanaka
    • 3
  • Paul Armishaw
    • 4
  • Raluca Iavetz
    • 4
  • Vu Dong Cao
    • 5
  • Syed M. Hossain
    • 6
  • Donghui Huang
    • 7
  • Sutisna
    • 8
  • Nazaratul A. Abd. Salim
    • 9
  1. 1.Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)Lucas HeightsAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryTokyo Metropolitan UniversityHachioji, TokyoJapan
  3. 3.Center for Chronological ResearchNagoya UniversityChikusa, NagoyaJapan
  4. 4.National Measurement InstitutePymbleAustralia
  5. 5.Nuclear Research InstituteDalatVietnam
  6. 6.Bangladesh Atomic Energy CommissionDhakaBangladesh
  7. 7.Nuclear Analytical LaboratoryChina Institute of Atomic EnergyBeijingChina
  8. 8.Center for Technology of Nuclear Industry MaterialNational Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN)JakartaIndonesia
  9. 9.Malaysian Nuclear AgencyKajangMalaysia

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