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Title: An automated micro-separation system for the chromatographic removal of uranium matrix for trace element analysis by ICP-OES

An automated, miniaturized, off-line separation technique is presented here using an Elemental Scientific Inc. microFAST MC system with UTEVA resin to extract the uranium matrix from its trace element impurities in aqueous media. The collected fractions were analyzed for ~30 trace elements using inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectroscopy. Ten replicate samples were processed with a single column resulting in precision ranging from 3.3% to 6.2% relative standard deviation with regards to the trace element recoveries. Accuracy, with respect to trace element concentrations in the U 3O 8 Certified Reference Material 124-1, resulted in an average of 13.9% relative deviation while accuracy to the Canadian U3O8 reference material, CUP-2, resulted in an average relative deviation of 8.6%. In conclusion, the total separation time of this automated process was reduced to ~30 min per sample while employing a 0.5 mL UTEVA chromatographic resin bed and 2.5 mg of uranium.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Elemental Scientific, Inc., Omaha, NE (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0039-9140
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Journal Volume: 189; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0039-9140
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; U3O8; Nuclear; UTEVA; Elemental Scientific; Automation; Spectroscopy
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