Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 314, Issue 2, pp 985–989 | Cite as

Separation of Pb, Bi and Po by cation exchange resin

  • Kelly N. Kmak
  • John D. Despotopulos
  • Dawn A. Shaughnessy


A separation of 209Po, 207Bi and 212Pb using AG 50Wx8 and AG MP 50 cation exchange resins in an HCl medium was developed. A procedure in which Po(IV) elutes first in 0.2 M HCl, followed by Bi(III) in 0.4 M HCl and finally Pb(II) in 2 M HCl was established. The separation using AG 50Wx8 provides a much better elution profile than that of AG MP 50 with no overlap between the elution bands. This separation has the potential to be used as an isotope generator for producing 210Po from 210Pb.


Polonium Cation exchange chromatography Lead Bismuth 



This study was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. This work was funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at LLNL under project tracking code 17-LW-035. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration through the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium under Award Number(s) DE-NA0003180. The authors would like to thank Keenan J Thomas for his expertise with the counting systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly N. Kmak
    • 1
  • John D. Despotopulos
    • 2
  • Dawn A. Shaughnessy
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Nuclear and Chemical Sciences DivisionLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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