Use of k0-NAA in the life sciences

F. De Corte, A. Simonits, Lin Xilei, M. C. Freitas

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The applicability and usefulness of k0-based reactor neutron activation analysis (NAA) in the life sciences is evaluated from the following examples: 1. Instrumental NAA of NIST SRM 1633a coal fly ash, as a quality assessment; 2. Radiochemical NAA of Versieck's reference human serum, and—herewith associated—the development of practical correction procedures for neutron-induced reaction interferences and of improved methods to evaluate the detection efficiency and the correction for true coincidence; and 3. Determination of the lanthanides in plant leaves and lichens near a Portuguese coal-fired power station, which led to the introduction of the Westcott formalism and to the use of a low-energy photon detector. As concluded, k0-based NAA is at present capable of tackling a large variety of analytical problems when it comes to the multielement determination in environmental and biological matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalBiological Trace Element Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994


  • Neutron activation analysis
  • biological materials
  • coal fly ash
  • environmental materials
  • human serum
  • k standardization
  • lanthanides
  • lichens
  • life sciences
  • plant leaves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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