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Chemical enhancement of surface deposition

United States Patent

5,652,013
July 29, 1997
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A method and apparatus for increasing the deposition of ions onto a surface, such as the adsorption of uranium ions on the detecting surface of a radionuclide detector. The method includes the step of exposing the surface to a complexing agent, such as a phosphate ion solution, which has an affinity for the dissolved species to be deposited on the surface. This provides, for example, enhanced sensitivity of the radionuclide detector.
Patch; Keith D. (Lexington, MA), Morgan; Dean T. (Sudbury, MA)
Thermo Power Corporation (Waltham, MA)
08/ 323,818
October 17, 1994
BACKGROUND This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-910R31949 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.