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Simple cation-exchange separation for ICP-MS measurement of $$^{79}$$Se in spent nuclear fuel sample

Asai, Shiho; Hanzawa, Yukiko ; Suzuki, Hideya; Toshimitsu, Masaaki; Okumura, Keisuke ; Shinohara, Nobuo ; Kimura, Takaumi ; Inagawa, Jun; Suzuki, Kensuke*; Kaneko, Satoru*

Inventory estimation of $$^{79}$$Se in HLW is important for long-term safety assessment of a geological repository. In this study, a simple separation method using a single cation-exchange column has been investigated. An irradiated UO$$_{2}$$ pellet was dissolved and diluted with 1M nitric acid. A known amount of $$^{82}$$Se was added to the sample for isotope dilution mass spectrometry. The $$^{82}$$Se -spiked and non-spiked samples were fed to each cation-exchange resin-packed column, followed by washing with 1M nitric acid. The first 3 mL of the effluent was directly injected to the ICP-MS. The recovery of Se was 92%, while no leakage of Gd$$^{3+}$$, which causes major isobaric interference on $$^{79}$$Se detection, was observed. The coexisting components with high activity were retained on the column, leading to decrease in the surface dose rate to a background level. The amounts of $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{82}$$Se in the sample solution were 2.4 $$pm$$ 0.7 and 13.3 $$pm$$ 4.6 ng, respectively.



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