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Title: Microfluidic-Based sample chips for radioactive solutions

Historical nuclear fuel cycle process sampling techniques required sample volumes ranging in the tens of milliliters. The radiation levels experienced by analytical personnel and equipment, in addition to the waste volumes generated from analysis of these samples, have been significant. These sample volumes also impacted accountability inventories of required analytes during process operations. To mitigate radiation dose and other issues associated with the historically larger sample volumes, a microcapillary sample chip was chosen for further investigation. The ability to obtain microliter volume samples coupled with a remote automated means of sample loading, tracking, and transporting to the analytical instrument would greatly improve analytical efficiency while reducing both personnel exposure and radioactive waste volumes. Sample chip testing was completed to determine the accuracy, repeatability, and issues associated with the use of microfluidic sample chips used to supply µL sample volumes of lanthanide analytes dissolved in nitric acid for introduction to an analytical instrument for elemental analysis.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5450; TRN: US1600463
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 189; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5450
American Nuclear Society (ANS)
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; microfluidics; sampling; nuclear; microcapillary