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Methods and systems for detection of radionuclides

United States Patent

May 25, 2010
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Disclosed are materials and systems useful in determining the existence of radionuclides in an aqueous sample. The materials provide the dual function of both extraction and scintillation to the systems. The systems can be both portable and simple to use, and as such can beneficially be utilized to determine presence and optionally concentration of radionuclide contamination in an aqueous sample at any desired location and according to a relatively simple process without the necessity of complicated sample handling techniques. The disclosed systems include a one-step process, providing simultaneous extraction and detection capability, and a two-step process, providing a first extraction step that can be carried out in a remote field location, followed by a second detection step that can be carried out in a different location.
Coates, Jr.; John T. (Anderson, SC), DeVol; Timothy A. (Clemson, SC)
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
11/ 621,744
January 10, 2007
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The United States Government may have rights in this disclosure pursuant to U.S. Department of Energy Grant Number DE-FG07-99ER62888.