Present status and perspective of radiochemical analysis of radionuclides in Nordic countries

Xiaolin Hou, Mattias Olsson, Laura Togneri, Sofie Englund, Kaisa Vaaramaa, Charlotta Askeljung, Olof Gottfridsson, Hannele Hirvonen, Helene Öhlin, Martin Forsström, Falk Anders, Miia Lampén, Antti Hatakka

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    Radiochemical analysis plays a critical role in the determination of pure beta and alpha emitting radionuclides for environmental monitoring, radioecology, decommissioning, nuclear forensics and geological dating. A remarkable development on radiochemical analysis has been achieved in the past decades to meet the increased requirement. In the recent years, mass spectrometric techniques have been considerably improved and are widely employed for measurement of radionuclides. Analytical methods for rapid, automated and simultaneous determination of radionuclides have been extensively developed for emergency analysis. In Nordic countries, many laboratories are involved in the determination of radionuclides for various purposes, and a series of radiochemical analytical methods have been developed and applied. This article presents the present status and progress on radiochemical analysis of radionuclides, especially in Nordic countries; some requirements from nuclear industries and research organizations, as well as perspectives on the development of radiochemical analysis are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)1283–1319
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Radionuclides
    • Radiochemical analysis
    • Extraction chromatography
    • Automated analysis
    • Rapid analytical methods
    • AMS
    • ICP-MS

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    Hou, X., Olsson, M., Togneri, L., Englund, S., Vaaramaa, K., Askeljung, C., Gottfridsson, O., Hirvonen, H., Öhlin, H., Forsström, M., Anders, F., Lampén, M., & Hatakka, A. (2016). Present status and perspective of radiochemical analysis of radionuclides in Nordic countries. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 309(3), 1283–1319.