Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 315, Issue 1, pp 103–110 | Cite as

Rapid method for accurate determination of actinides (U, Th, Pu and Am) in water samples for emergency response

  • Zhongtang Wang
  • Jinxian Lin
  • Sixuan Li
  • Qiuju Guo
  • Wenna Huang
  • Wei Wen
  • Guiping Dan
  • Zhaoyi Tan


To rapidly assess the contamination of actinides in emergency water, a method was developed to simultaneously analyze U, Th, Pu and Am. The method consists of two steps: extraction chromatographic separation using UTEVA and DGA resins and isotopic determination of actinides by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS). The whole analytical procedure takes only 8 h and high chemical recoveries of actinides were obtained. The cross spectral interferences between actinides in ICPMS measurement were sufficiently removed. The accuracy was validated by analyzing IAEA-443 seawater sample. The low limits of detection of actinides allow this method to distinguish low level contamination.


ICPMS Actinides Nuclear emergency response Simultaneous determination Water sample 



This work was partially supported by the Science Challenge Project, China (JCKY2016212A504) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21607139).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Physics and ChemistryChina Academy of Engineering PhysicsMianyangChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and TechnologyPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Radiation Monitoring Technical Center of Ministry of Environmental ProtectionHangzhouChina

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