Americium, Plutonium and Uranium in Water

Contact Person(s): Anna Berne


This procedure describes a method for the separation and measurement of americium plutonium, and uranium in water (adapted from Eichrom Industries, Inc., Procedure ACW03, Rev. 1.5). Americium, plutonium, and uranium are separated by Eichrom resins prior to measurements by alpha spectrometry. Tracers are used to monitor chemical recoveries and to correct the results to improve precision and accuracy. This is a rapid, reliable method for the measurement of actinides in water samples that is more cost-effective and efficient than traditional ion exchange, solvent extraction and precipitation techniques.