Chemistry Division

Chemistry Division Capabilities

Actinide Analytical Chemistry, C-AAC
Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering, C-CDE
Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry, C-IIAC
Nuclear and Radiochemistry, C-NR
Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, C-PCS

Actinide Analytical Chemistry, C-AACChemistry Division Capabilities

Onsite Analytical Chemistry

  • Provide onsite radiochemistry and trace metal analysis by inductive coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) at Technical Area 55.

Pu Assay and Classical Chemistry

  • Controlled potential coulometric titration
  • Ceric titration - photometric method
  • Pu (III) and Pu (IV) spectrophotometric method
  • U Assay – Davies Gray
  • Fe determination by spectrophotometry
  • Si determination by spectrophotometry
  • Loss on Ignition (LOI)
  • Free acid determination in plutonium-containing solutions
  • Standard solution preparation

Trace Element Analysis

  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission and mass spectrometry (ICP-AES/ICP-MS)
  • Direct current arc emission spectroscopy
  • Cold vapor atomic fluorescence
  • Sample preparations

Elemental Analysis by X-ray Fluorescence

  • Wavelength dispersive x-ray fluorescence

Mass Spectrometry Analysis

  • Thermal ionization mass spectrometry
  • High precision gas mass spectrometry

Radiochemical Analysis

  • Separations and sample preparation
  • Alpha spectroscopy
  • Gamma-ray spectroscopy
  • Gas proportional counters
  • Liquid scintillation counting
  • Automatic gamma counters

Ion Chromatography

  • Inorganic and organic cations and anions

Interstitial Gas Analysis

  • C, H, O, N
  • Moisture
  • Tritium

Other Activities

  • Nuclear forensic determination
  • Radiation chemistry
  • Fabrication of actinide NDA standards
  • Fabrication and certification of high purity Pu metal standards
  • Plutonium exchange program
inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer

A new inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) in a chemical fume hood

LA-LP-09-053

September 2009

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