210Po in the environment: insight into the naturally occurring polonium isotope

  • P. ThakurEmail author
  • A. L. Ward


Polonium is rapidly emerging as an international environmental health concern primarily because of the recent rise in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Recovery of unconventional oil and gas generates produced water containing natural radioactivity, which is increasing the radiological impact of 210Po. In this context, accurate measurements of 210Po in environmental samples is crucial because 210Po is the main contributor to the natural radiation dose received by all living organisms. However, the analytical chemistry of polonium is complicated, primarily due to its volatility. This review highlights recent analytical progress and challenges in determination of 210Po in the environmental and biological samples.


Polonium Actinides Separation Alpha spectroscopy Microprecipitation Autodeposition 



This research is supported by grant from US Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office of DOE through Grant No. DE-EM 0002423.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research CenterCarlsbadUSA
  2. 2.US Department of EnergyCarlsbadUSA

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