Determination of plutonium in environmental samples with quadrupole ICP-MS

  • C. Greis
  • S. Karlsson
  • A. Düker
  • H. Pettersson
  • B. Allard


A method for rapid determination of plutonium isotopes in environmental samples with ultrasonic nebulisation and quadrupole ICP-MS detection was established. Techniques for sample dissolution, pre-concentration and chemical separation were evaluated and the optimal scheme outlined. Comparisons with α-spectrometry and high resolution ICP-MS confirmed the suitability of the method when applied to different environmental matrices within the global fallout concentration range in the northern hemisphere as well as more contaminated sites. Operational detection limits were 0.5–1.5 fg/l for fresh waters and 0.03–0.1 ng/kg for lake sediments and saline marsh sediments.


Uranium Plutonium Environmental Sample Extraction Chromatography Emergency Preparedness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Greis
    • 1
  • S. Karlsson
    • 1
  • A. Düker
    • 1
  • H. Pettersson
    • 2
  • B. Allard
    • 1
  1. 1.Man-Technology-Environment Research CentreÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.Radiofysikavdelningen, O-centrum USUniversitetssjukhusetLinköpingSweden

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