An extremely high accumulation and retention of technetium in marine plants, especially brown seaweed, makes it a unique bioindicator of technetium. In the present work, a novel approach was developed for the speciation analysis of technetium in seaweed, wherein a series of biochemical separations was exploited to isolate different species of technetium. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was applied for the measurement of 99Tc after thorough radiochemical preconcentration and purification. The results show that the distribution of technetium species in seaweed is relatively dispersive. Besides the inorganic species of TcO4-, most of technetium (>75%) combined with organic components of seaweed such as algin, cellulose, and pigment. This investigation could provide important fundamental knowledge for studying the processes and mechanisms of 99Tc accumulation in the natural seaweed.
Shi, K., Hou, X., Qiao, J., Sun, X., Roos, P., & Wu, W. (2016). Analysis of Technetium Species and Fractions in Natural Seaweed Using Biochemical Separation and ICP-MS Measurement. Analytical chemistry, 88(23), 11931-11937. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.6b03837