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Rapid analysis of $$^{90}$$Sr in cattle bone and tooth samples by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Koarai, Kazuma; Matsueda, Makoto; Aoki, Jo; Yanagisawa, Kayo*; Terashima, Motoki; Fujiwara, Kenso; Kino, Yasushi*; Oka, Toshitaka; Takahashi, Atsushi*; Suzuki, Toshihiko*; et al.

Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 36(8), p.1678 - 1682, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Chemistry, Analytical)

Rapid analysis of $$^{90}$$Sr in bone and tooth samples of cattle were achieved by an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) coupled with mass shift and solid phase extraction techniques. Limit of detection (LOD) in the ICP-MS measurement of 0.1 g samples was lower than that of the radioactivity measurement. Analytical time of the ICP-MS method was reduced from 20 days to 11 hours, compared with the radiometric method. Therefore, the ICP-MS method can be rapid and useful procedure of $$^{90}$$Sr in small bone and tooth samples derived from terrestrial animals.

Journal Articles

Online solid-phase extraction-inductively coupled plasma-quadrupole mass spectrometry with oxygen dynamic reaction for quantification of technetium-99

Matsueda, Makoto; Yanagisawa, Kayo*; Koarai, Kazuma; Terashima, Motoki; Fujiwara, Kenso; Abe, Hironobu; Kitamura, Akihiro; Takagai, Yoshitaka*

ACS Omega (Internet), 6(29), p.19281 - 19290, 2021/07

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Online solid-phase extraction-inductively coupled plasma-quadrupole mass spectrometry with oxygen dynamic reaction cell (online SPE-ICP-MS-DRC) was shown to be a thorough automatic analytical system, circumventing the need for human handling. At three stepwise separations (SPE-DRC-Q mass filters), we showed that interference materials allowed the coexistence of abundance ratios of 1.5$$times$$10$$^{-13}$$ for $$^{99}$$Tc/Mo. Using this optimized system, a detection limit of $$^{99}$$Tc was 9.3 pg/L (5.9 mBq/L) for a 50 mL injection and sequential measurements were undertaken at a cycle of 24 min/sample.

JAEA Reports

Development of solid-phase extraction technique for ICP-MS analysis of iodine-129 in environmental samples; Comparative study of anion-exchange and silver ion-supported resins on isolation of Iodine-129 from interference elements

Aoki, Jo; Matsueda, Makoto; Koarai, Kazuma; Terashima, Motoki; Fujiwara, Kenso; Abe, Hironobu

JAEA-Research 2021-002, 20 Pages, 2021/05

JAEA-Research-2021-002.pdf:2.75MB

In order to analyze extremely low concentrations of $$^{129}$$I in environmental samples by ICP-MS with high sensitivity and rapidity, it is necessary to remove interfering elements (Na, Mg, K, Ca, Mo, Cd and In) using a pretreatment method with Solid-phase Extraction Resin. Anion Exchange Resins with amino groups have been widely used as Solid-phase Extraction Resins, while Ag+ Supported Resins have also been widely used in recent years. It is necessary to optimize the pretreatment technique based on characteristics of the resins. In this study, we compared in terms of separation of I from matrix elements (Na, Mg, K, Ca, Mo, Cd and In) for DOWEX1-X8, AG 1-X8 and CL Resin, and investigated their suitability for ICP-MS analysis of $$^{129}$$I in environmental samples. The results of adsorption and elution experiments showed that all resins examined uptake and elute I quantitatively. CL Resin showed the highest removal performance of interfering elements, with 3.1% of Mo remaining, but other interfering elements were removed below the detection limit of ICP-MS. However, the Mo remained after the CL Resin treatment could interfere the ICP-MS measurement of $$^{129}$$I, based on the consideration of ratio of $$^{129}$$I and Mo. The eluate from CL Resin was treated with a Cation exchange resin (DOWEX 50WX8). As a result, Mo in the eluate was removed by up to 98% and the interference from Mo was reduced to measurable level. Therefore, the pretreatment method using CL Resin in combination with DOWEX 50WX8 is effective for ICP-MS analysis of $$^{129}$$I at extremely low concentrations (background level).

Journal Articles

Radiocaesium accumulation capacity of epiphytic lichens and adjacent barks collected at the perimeter boundary site of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station

Dohi, Terumi; Omura, Yoshihito*; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Fujiwara, Kenso; Kanaizuka, Seiichi*; Nakama, Shigeo; Iijima, Kazuki

PLOS ONE (Internet), 16(5), p.e0251828_1 - e0251828_16, 2021/05

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:0(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Journal Articles

Applicability of Sr resin for ICP-MS measurement of $$^{90}$$Sr in hard tissue samples

Koarai, Kazuma; Matsueda, Makoto; Aoki, Jo; Yanagisawa, Kayo*; Fujiwara, Kenso; Terashima, Motoki; Kitamura, Akihiro; Abe, Hironobu

KEK Proceedings 2020-4, p.180 - 185, 2020/11

Strontium-90 and $$^{90}$$Y, its daughter nuclide, adverse effects on the bone marrow. Monitoring of $$^{90}$$Sr in the bones have been required after the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. However, conventional radioactivity measurement method for $$^{90}$$Sr requires a complicated separation of $$^{90}$$Y and a time-consuming measurement. ICP-MS system has been applied to $$^{90}$$Sr concentration survey of water, soil, and edible part of fish. We applied the ICP-MS system for the bones for the first time. In this study, reference bone (JSAC 0785 fish bone) was used as measurement samples. Sample preparation of the bone was performed using a microwave digestion instrument. After sample preparation, $$^{90}$$Sr was determined using ICP-MS system with cascade separation steps based on on-line column separation and oxygen reaction. Strontium-90 in the bones was successfully separated from Ca, Ba, Y, Zr, Fe, Se, and Ge, which interfered in ICP-MS measurement, in the separation steps.

Journal Articles

Vertical distribution of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in soils near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

Sasaki, Takayuki*; Matoba, Daisuke*; Dohi, Terumi; Fujiwara, Kenso; Kobayashi, Taishi*; Iijima, Kazuki

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 326(1), p.303 - 314, 2020/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:39.17(Chemistry, Analytical)

Journal Articles

Radiocesium distribution in the sediments of the Odaka River estuary, Fukushima, Japan

Hagiwara, Hiroki; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Konishi, Hiromi*; Tsuruta, Tadahiko; Misono, Toshiharu; Fujiwara, Kenso; Kitamura, Akihiro

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 220-221, p.106294_1 - 106294_9, 2020/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Key factors controlling radiocesium sorption and fixation in river sediments around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 1; Insights from sediment properties and radiocesium distributions

Tachi, Yukio; Sato, Tomofumi*; Akagi, Yosuke*; Kawamura, Makoto*; Nakane, Hideji*; Terashima, Motoki; Fujiwara, Kenso; Iijima, Kazuki

Science of the Total Environment, 724, p.138098_1 - 138098_11, 2020/07

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:70.14(Environmental Sciences)

To understand and predict radiocesium transport behaviors in the environment, highly contaminated sediments from Ukedo and Odaka rivers around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were investigated systematically focusing on key factors controlling radiocesium sorption and fixation, including particle size, clay mineralogy and organic matter.

Journal Articles

Key factors controlling radiocesium sorption and fixation in river sediments around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 2; Sorption and fixation behaviors and their relationship to sediment properties

Tachi, Yukio; Sato, Tomofumi*; Takeda, Chizuko*; Ishidera, Takamitsu; Fujiwara, Kenso; Iijima, Kazuki

Science of the Total Environment, 724, p.138097_1 - 138097_10, 2020/07

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:39.03(Environmental Sciences)

To understand and predict radiocesium transport behaviors in the environment, sorption and fixation behaviors of radiocesium on river sediments from Ukedo and Odaka rivers around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were investigated systematically focusing on Cs sorption and fixation mechanisms and their relationship with Cs concentrations and sediment properties including clay mineralogy and organic matter.

Journal Articles

Rapid tritium analysis for marine products in the coastal area of Fukushima

Kuwata, Haruka*; Misono, Toshiharu; Fujiwara, Kenso; Takeishi, Minoru; Manabe, Sachi*; Kitamura, Akihiro

Radiation Environment and Medicine, 9(1), p.28 - 34, 2020/02

The analysis of tritium in aquatic biota is one of the most important research areas in Fukushima. The conventional method for measuring the concentration of tritium consists of complicated pretreatment procedures and requires skillful techniques as well as a significant amount of time. Consequently, there are only a few reports on tritium monitoring data in marine products from the coast of Fukushima. In this study, we measured the Tissue Free Water Tritium (TFWT) and Organically Bound Tritium (OBT) in flounders collected from the coast of Fukushima to examine the impacts of the nuclear accident on aquatic biota. The study was done for a period of 4 years; from 2015 to 2018. The conventional method of analysis was firstly used, after which the method was modified by improving the freeze-drying and combustion water recovery processes. Results from both methods show that the most of the concentrations of the TFWT and OBT in the flounder were below the detection or quantitative limit. The effect of the nuclear accident on humans, through internal exposure, was also examined and found to be negligible. Although some uncertainties exist due to the short cut of the processes, the modified version could be considered an effective and practical approximate method.

Journal Articles

Mineral composition characteristics of radiocesium sorbed and transported sediments within the Tomioka river basin in Fukushima Prefecture

Hagiwara, Hiroki; Konishi, Hiromi*; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Fujiwara, Kenso; Iijima, Kazuki; Kitamura, Akihiro

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 211, p.106042_1 - 106042_10, 2020/01

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:39.03(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Temporal decrease in air dose rate in the sub-urban area affected by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident during four years after decontamination works

Nakama, Shigeo; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Fujiwara, Kenso; Ishikawa, Hiroyasu; Iijima, Kazuki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 208-209, p.106013_1 - 106013_8, 2019/11

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:37.91(Environmental Sciences)

Trends of air dose rate decrease after decontamination works and factors which affect them constitute essential information for radiation protection, such as prediction of external exposure to the public and implementation of measures to reduce such exposure. This study investigated the decrease of air dose rate (ambient dose rate at 1 m above the ground) at 163 points across sub-urban areas in the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant over the period of four years following the decontamination works carried out in November 2012. The air dose rate on the asphalt pavement decreased faster than on soil surfaces. In addition, air dose rates near the forest decreased at a slower pace than in open fields. These results suggest that the air dose rate in urbanized areas can decrease faster than in other types of land, even after decontamination. Based on comparisons with decrease rates obtained in other studies, the air dose rate tends to decrease faster outside the evacuation zone than inside it. The decrease in air dose rate after decontamination was slower than before decontamination. The contribution of the weathering effect and human activity was estimated to be about 80% and 20% of the ecological decrease rate, respectively.

Journal Articles

Applicability of autonomous unmanned helicopter survey of air dose rate in suburban area

Yoshimura, Kazuya; Fujiwara, Kenso; Nakama, Shigeo

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.315 - 318, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Electron microscopic analysis of radiocaesium-bearing microparticles in lichens collected within 3 km of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

Dohi, Terumi; Tagomori, Hisaya; Omura, Yoshihito*; Fujiwara, Kenso; Kanaizuka, Seiichi*; Iijima, Kazuki

Environmental Radiochemical Analysis VI, p.58 - 70, 2019/09

In this study we established a separation method for radiocaesium-bearing microparticles (CsMPs) from lichens using electron microscopic analysis. Lichens were first digested within hydrogen peroxide and then an automatic particle analyser system based on FE-EPMA was used for detecting CsMPs within lots of mineral-like and metallic particles quickly. The elemental composition and radiocaesium activities of the separated CsMPs were measured, and the results show that the digestion treatment did not influence the CsMPs characteristics. An inhomogeneous elemental distribution was found in some CsMPs by two-dimensional elemental analysis using FE-EMPA. Our methods for separation of CsMPs and analysing their elemental composition are expected to be useful for grasping the chemical composition trends of CsMPs statistically.

Journal Articles

Rapid determination of Sr-90 in environmental matrices by SPE-ICP-MS for emergency monitoring

Fujiwara, Kenso; Yanagisawa, Kayo*; Iijima, Kazuki

Environmental Radiochemical Analysis VI, p.89 - 96, 2019/09

Since Strontium-90 (Sr-90) is one of the high yield and hazardous fission products, accurate and low-level detection of Sr-90 is essential for environmental samples. Especially, in case of nuclear power plant accidents, rapid and precise assessment of Sr-90 for environmental monitoring and health physics is required. In order to evaluate the migration of radionuclides in the environment, not only Sr-90 in water but also those in soil and biological samples should be measured. A new method for rapid quantification of Sr-90 by online solid phase extraction coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SPE-ICP-MS) has been developed. In this method, it is unavoidable to eliminate the interference by polyatomic ion (e.g., ArCa, Ca$$_{2}$$) induced by isotopes and matrices in fishes and soil. In this study, SPE-ICP-MS method was applied to the measurement of Sr-90 in fishes, and the influence of the Sr isotopes and coexisting ions such as Ca was evaluated.

JAEA Reports

Separation of radiocaesium-bearing micro particle from environmental samples; Application to litter samples

Tagomori, Hisaya; Dohi, Terumi; Ishii, Yasuo; Kanaizuka, Seiichi*; Fujiwara, Kenso; Iijima, Kazuki

JAEA-Technology 2019-001, 37 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Technology-2019-001.pdf:26.85MB

An efficient methodology for separating the radiocaesium-bearing micro particles (CsMPs) released by the TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station accident is required to investigate their spatial distribution and physicochemical properties. In this report we developed an efficiency separation method for CsMP from litters since the radiocaesium in litter may affect the radiocaesium cycling in forest ecosystem. One CsMP separation from litter containing lots of soil particles was attained within three days using electron microscopic analysis with digestion treatment of organic matter. This methodology is expected as CsMPs efficient separation method for not only forest floor litter but also barks and leaves of living tree, and other organic materials in the forested environment.

Journal Articles

Decrease in air dose rate after decontamination relating to difference in the ground surface properties

Nakama, Shigeo; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Fujiwara, Kenso; Ishikawa, Hiroyasu; Iijima, Kazuki

KEK Proceedings 2018-7, p.154 - 158, 2018/11

Decrease in air dose rate in decontaminated area is essential information to estimate external exposure and to facilitate return of local residents, but the factors to control the decrease rate have not been cleared wholly. To clarify the effect of ground surface type (i.e. paved and soil surfaces) on the decrease in air dose rate at 1 m above the ground, surface dose rate at 1 cm above the ground and the air dose rate were monitored for four years since decontamination in 2011, and their decrease rates were compared relating to the ground surface type. Decrease in the air dose rate and the surface dose rate on the asphalt pavement showed faster rates than those on the soil surface. Ratio of decrease in the air dose rate and surface dose rate (decrease rate ratio) was distributed between 0.8 and 1.2 on open place not affected by surrounding environment. Therefore, decrease in the air dose rate was in agreement with the decrease of the surface dose rate, which is greatly affected by the ground surface. It became clear that the decrease rate constant of the air dose rate differs depending on the difference in the ground surface. Furthermore, it was also confirmed that the local soil erosion and sedimentation of the ground surface does not affect the decrease rate of the air dose rate.

Journal Articles

Distribution of $$^{137}$$Cs on components in urban area four years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Yoshimura, Kazuya; Saito, Kimiaki; Fujiwara, Kenso

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 178-179, p.48 - 54, 2017/11

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:51.46(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Distribution of $$^{137}$$Cs on surfaces of buildings and building lots

Yoshimura, Kazuya; Fujiwara, Kenso; Saito, Kimiaki

KEK Proceedings 2016-8, p.67 - 71, 2016/10

This study evaluated the $$^{137}$$Cs inventory (Bq m$$^{-2}$$) on urban surfaces for eleven buildings and building lots in evacuation zone, and relative $$^{137}$$Cs inventory was obtained by dividing with the initial inventory on plane permeable field around the studied building. The relative $$^{137}$$Cs inventory was highest at plane permeable field (0.92), followed by paved ground (0.28) on January 13, 2015. Other surfaces such as roof, wall and window showed obviously small values less than 0.1, indicating that the contamination level of buildings was limited four years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Roof and paved ground showed different relative $$^{137}$$Cs inventories from those in the case of Europe after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident, suggesting the importance of local parameterization considering the factors affects to the variation of relative $$^{137}$$Cs inventory.

Journal Articles

Radiocaesium activity concentrations in parmelioid lichens within a 60 km radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

Dohi, Terumi; Omura, Yoshihito*; Kashiwadani, Hiroyuki*; Fujiwara, Kenso; Sakamoto, Yoshiaki; Iijima, Kazuki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 146, p.125 - 133, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:48.04(Environmental Sciences)

Radiocaesium activity concentrations ($$^{134}$$Cs, $$^{137}$$Cs) were measured in parmelioid lichens collected within the Fukushima Prefecture approximately 2 y after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. A total of 44 samples consisting of nine species were collected at 16 points within a 60 km radius of the FDNPP. The activity concentration of $$^{134}$$Cs ranged from 4.6 to 1000 kBq kg$$^{-1}$$ and for $$^{137}$$Cs ranged from 7.6 to 1740 kBq kg$$^{-1}$$. A significant positive correlation was found between the $$^{137}$$Cs activity concentration in lichens and the $$^{137}$$Cs deposition density on soil, based on the calculated Spearman's rank correlation coefficients as $$r$$ = 0.90 ($$P$$ $$<$$ 0.01). The two dominant species, Flavoparmelia caperata and Parmotrema clavuliferum, showed strong positive correlations, for which the r values were calculated as 0.92 ($$P$$ $$<$$ 0.01) and 0.90 ($$P$$ $$<$$ 0.01) respectively. Therefore, they are suggested as biomonitoring species for levels of radiocaesium fallout within the Fukushima Prefecture.

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