At INE a wide experience in chemical and radiochemical analytical methods is available. The main tasks of the INE analytical group are:
A main task of the analytical group is routine analysis for INE R&D work including development and optimization of speciation methods. Members of the analytical group supervise practical student courses and the education of chemical laboratory technicians.
At INE samples from waste conditioning facilities (e.g., digested ash samples, evaporator concentrates from WAK-HDB) or from dismantling of nuclear facilities are analyzed. Important nuclides are 55Fe, 63Ni, 90Sr as well as U and Pu isotopes (including quantitative analysis and determination of isotope ratios).
INE also performs analysis for vitrification processes of high active wastes (see immobilization of highly active waste). Multi-elemental and isotope analysis of high active waste concentrate (HAWC) and samples from the wet off-gas treatment are accomplished for the Vitrification Plant Karlsruhe (VEK). Furthermore, quality control measurements of the glass frit and the final glass product are provided.
Analytical services for companies are provided in several fields: radio pharmaceutical products containing alpha emitting nuclides (needed in tumor therapy) are analyzed as well as resins for radiochemical separations. Both examples serve for the product quality control.
- radiochemical separations
- liquid scintillation spectrometry (standard and low-level)
Contact person: Markus Plaschke