Radiochemical methodologies applied to determination of zirconium isotopes in low-level waste samples from nuclear power plants

  • T. C. Oliveira
  • R. P. G. Monteiro
  • G. F. Kastner
  • F. Bessueille-Barbier
  • A. H. Oliveira


The 93Zr determination in low-level radioactive wastes generated at nuclear power plants is an important issue for waste disposal purpose. This paper describes an analytical methodology developed for 93Zr determination based on selective separation using extractive resins associated with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and liquid scintillation counting (LSC) measurements. The 93Zr results obtained for waste samples were in a good agreement for both techniques and the detection limits of 0.045 μg L−1 and 0.05 Bq L−1 were obtained for ICP-MS and LSC techniques respectively.


Zirconium Selective separation method LSC ICP-MS 



The authors are very grateful to Eletrobrás Termonuclear, CDTN and SCA/CNRS for its collaboration and to the work supported by CNPq.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Oliveira
    • 1
  • R. P. G. Monteiro
    • 2
  • G. F. Kastner
    • 2
  • F. Bessueille-Barbier
    • 3
  • A. H. Oliveira
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia NuclearUFMG/DENBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia NuclearCDTN/CNENBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Institute des Sciences Analytiques/CNRS UMRVilleurbanneFrance

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