Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 159–167 | Cite as

Nuclear analytical techniques in environmental studies

  • R. E. Jervis
Environmental Applications


Nuclear analytical techniques are particularly suitable for measuring trace components in a wide variety of environmental samples, and for that reason, the techniques have made a significant contribution to environmental research. Presently, at a time when biosphere contamination and threats of global change in the atmosphere are of widespread concern, there exist an impressive array of specialized instrumental methods available to life scientists engaged in environmental studies; however, the nuclear techniques will probably continue to play a useful role in the future, notwithstanding the decreasing availability of necessary facilities, such as research reactors and accelerators. Reasons for the particular suitability of radioanalytical techniques are reviewed and illustrated by examples of recent applications to solid wastes, biomonitoring, and urban aerosol source identification in this laboratory.

Index Entries

Nuclear analytical chemistry environmental & life science applications trace heavy metals solid wastes leaves as biomonitors 


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© Humana Press Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Jervis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of TorontoCanada

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