Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 314, Issue 2, pp 555–572 | Cite as

Plastic scintillators and related analytical procedures for radionuclide analysis

  • Alex Tarancón
  • Héctor Bagán
  • José F. García


This article is a general overview of the potential capacities of plastic scintillators in radionuclide activity determination. Plastic scintillation (PS) behaves as liquid scintillation does, but with some differences related to the solid state of plastic scintillators. These differences are the base of some drawbacks and some advantages, related to the use of PS. This article describes how these capacities are affected by PS composition, sample preparation, scintillation mechanisms and quenching calibration procedures. It also describes the capabilities for alpha and beta emitter determination and discrimination through the use of PS microspheres and PS resins and their application to different types of samples and radionuclide determination.


Plastic scintillators Scintillating extractive resins Plastic scintillating resins Radionuclides 



We thank the Spanish Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO) for financial support under CTM2014-02020 HAR2014-56526-R, and the Catalan Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) for financial support under 2014-SGR-1277.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Tarancón
    • 1
    • 2
  • Héctor Bagán
    • 1
  • José F. García
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical ChemistryUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Serra-Húnter ProgramGeneralitat de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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