Parr Bomb Combustion of Tissues for C14 and Tritium Analysis
The determination of low levels of C14 and H3 (tritium) in biological samples has been a problem for some time. For certain reasons it became necessary to think in terms of analyzing at least 1 g of tissue. This suggested the use of the Parr Oxygen bomb, which readily combusts 1 g of dried compressed material. The feasibility of oxygen bomb combustion was illustrated in a report by Payne  in which he described the use of a small hand-built metal bomb capable of handling a few hundred milligrams of tissue. The use of a metal oxygen bomb offers several advantages over any available glass apparatus. These include rapidity of combustion, safety, lack of “memory” effect, and compactness. The extensive use of the Parr Oxygen bomb in calorimetry has testified to the safety, durability, and reliability of this apparatus.
KeywordsTritiated Water Oxygen Bomb Ethanol Wash Glass Apparatus Dioxane Solution
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