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Rapid determination of plutonium in urine using flow injection on-line preconcentration and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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Abstract

A rapid technique for the determination of Pu in urine samples using flow injection (FI) on-line preconcentration, desolvation nebulization using a highly sensitive APEX device and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with a dynamic reaction cell (ICP-DRC-MS) was developed. Using the DRC avoided the necessity to separate Pu from U, and thus made the technique more rapid. Effective preconcentration and matrix separation for urine samples was achieved using TRU resin as the ion exchanger. A detection limit for 242Pu of 1.9 pg L−1 was achieved for raw, undigested urine samples using a 10 ml sample volume. The reproducibility of the method was demonstrated by recovery measurements performed on urine that had been collected from several non-exposed volunteers and spiked with Pu. 205Tl and 175Lu were used as an internal standard and yield tracer, respectively. The method provides a rapid (∼11 min) means of measuring Pu in urine with no off-line sample pre-treatment, at levels below the regulatory requirements for drinking water.

Graphical abstract: Rapid determination of plutonium in urine using flow injection on-line preconcentration and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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The article was received on 25 Jan 2005, accepted on 03 Mar 2005 and first published on 01 Apr 2005


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B501218J
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2005,20, 424-430
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    Rapid determination of plutonium in urine using flow injection on-line preconcentration and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    V. N. Epov, K. Benkhedda, R. J. Cornett and R. D. Evans, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2005, 20, 424
    DOI: 10.1039/B501218J

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