Analytical Chemistry



Tradebe Inutec provides a comprehensive analytical chemistry service encompassing radionuclide, chemical and physical analysis. Inutec has extensive experience in the analysis of a diverse range of materials, from seafood, soil, waters, liquid effluents, “soft” wastes, to the characterisation of the nuclear inventory of fuel pond-skip corrosion scales. Particular expertise has been developed for the separation and determination of pure beta emitting nuclides.

Tradebe Inutec offers a comprehensive facility for the analysis of radionuclides from environmental levels to those encountered in operational and decommissioning nuclear wastes.

Tradebe Inutec’s specialist radionuclide analysis capabilities include:

  • Rapid Screening Techniques
  • Gross Alpha, Beta and Gamma activity analysis
  • High Resolution Gamma Spectrometry
  • Alpha Spectrometry
  • Liquid Scintillation Counting
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
  • Specific Radionuclide Analysis

The radionuclide analysis area is supported by chemical analysis service which has extensive experience in the chemical analysis of biological, environmental and radioactive samples.

A range of modern and traditional methods for the measurement of organic, inorganic and radioactive species are routinely employed including:

  • Atomic Adsorption Spectroscopy
  • Inductively Coupled Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICPOES)
  • Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS)
  • Dionex Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • UV/Visible Spectrometry
  • Colorimetry

A microstructural analysis service is also provided using SEM, SIMS and XRD techniques.

A dedicated facility has also been developed for the analysis of tritium and carbon 14 in nuclear site operational and decommissioning wastes using a combustion technique. This includes a major facility for the analysis of wastes contaminated with beryllium - specifically developed to analyse wastes generated by the Joint European Torus facility at Culham. Over the past few years, considerable expertise has been developed in the analysis of a wide variety of materials using this technique. These include:

  • Soft wastes (e.g. rubbers, plastics, paints, cellulose materials)
  • Metals
  • Oils
  • Wood
  • Environmental materials (eg. soils, vegetation, biota)
  • Resins
  • Reactor graphite
  • Beryllium contaminated material

Tradebe Inutec is committed to the implementation of effective and efficient quality management systems consistent with the requirements of BS EN ISO9001:2008.

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