Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 322, Issue 2, pp 707–716 | Cite as

Gamma ray attenuation of hafnium dioxide- and tungsten trioxide-epoxy resin composites

  • Maria C. Molina Higgins
  • Nicholus A. Radcliffe
  • Miguel Toro-González
  • Jessika V. RojasEmail author


Composites containing WO3 or HfO2 nanoparticles were prepared and investigated as alternative shielding materials. Their performance was assessed using radioactive sources emitting photons with energies between 122 and 1407 keV. At 122 keV, the mass attenuation coefficient of the nanocomposites was five times greater to that of the epoxy matrix, and it gradually decreased with increasing energy. An enhancement in the mass attenuation coefficient of the polymer between 15% and 50% was observed at E > 1 MeV when adding the nanoparticles. These results support the development of lightweight garments for radiological application made of nanomaterials and polymeric matrices.


Hafnium dioxide Tungsten trioxide Epoxy Composites Radiation shielding Gamma rays 



This work was financed by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with the support of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department and the NRC-HQ-84-14-FOA-002 faculty development program in radiation detection and health physics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, College of EngineeringVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Porvair Filtration Group, Inc.AshlandUSA
  3. 3.Isotope and Fuel Cycle Technology DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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