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A new reference material for tritium organic molecules in sediment: Results of an international intercomparison exercise

A new reference material for tritium organic molecules in sediment: Results of an international intercomparison exercise
A new reference material for tritium organic molecules in sediment: Results of an international intercomparison exercise
Solid matrix 3H reference materials are challenging to prepare given the volatile nature of 3H and are often unrepresentative of the range of 3H forms that may be encountered during routine analysis. As a result, few 3H reference materials are currently available, undermining verification of analytical techniques for environmental 3H measurement. To address this, an International Working Group on Organically-Bound Tritium Analysis determined to produce a tritium natural matrix reference material (NMRM). The reference material comprises marine sediment blended with sewage sludge contaminated with 3H-organic species arising from authorised discharges from a radiopharmaceutical manufacturing site. Previous studies have demonstrated that the 3H species have persisted in the environment over three decades providing valuable supporting data to underpin the characterisation of the NMRM. The preparation and characterisation of the NMRM is described along with the subsequent application of the reference material in an international intercomparison exercise involving nineteen laboratories from nine countries. A reference value of 168 ± 22 Bq kg−1 was derived from the data arising from the proficiency test.
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Warwick, Phillip E., Croudace, Ian W., Marsh, Richard M., Baglan, N. and Kim, Sangbok B. (2018) A new reference material for tritium organic molecules in sediment: Results of an international intercomparison exercise. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research. (doi:10.1111/ggr.12207).

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Solid matrix 3H reference materials are challenging to prepare given the volatile nature of 3H and are often unrepresentative of the range of 3H forms that may be encountered during routine analysis. As a result, few 3H reference materials are currently available, undermining verification of analytical techniques for environmental 3H measurement. To address this, an International Working Group on Organically-Bound Tritium Analysis determined to produce a tritium natural matrix reference material (NMRM). The reference material comprises marine sediment blended with sewage sludge contaminated with 3H-organic species arising from authorised discharges from a radiopharmaceutical manufacturing site. Previous studies have demonstrated that the 3H species have persisted in the environment over three decades providing valuable supporting data to underpin the characterisation of the NMRM. The preparation and characterisation of the NMRM is described along with the subsequent application of the reference material in an international intercomparison exercise involving nineteen laboratories from nine countries. A reference value of 168 ± 22 Bq kg−1 was derived from the data arising from the proficiency test.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 February 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 April 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 418329
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418329
ISSN: 1639-4488
PURE UUID: f6cb713e-dd19-4c6c-96b5-7a8933caebe1

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Date deposited: 28 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 06:11

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Author: Ian W. Croudace
Author: N. Baglan
Author: Sangbok B. Kim

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