Chemical and radionuclide analysis

We are focussed on measuring artificial and natural radio nuclides in a wide range of activity (mBq to GBq) as well as traces and main components of very different sample matrices.

What we have to offer is a complex set of services: We will advise you in your particular analysis needs with regard to contents, scope and sampling. Our quality-compliant handling of extensive analysis jobs is warranted by our competent personnel, a solid technical equipment, and regular quality control as part of the accreditation process.
Our services cover everything from the analyses, to the carrying out of problem-orientated laboratory examinations and right through to recommendations and assessments based on results. Study our list of references and fields of work to know what our power is rooted in:

Detailed fields of activity

  • Analysing as part of dismantling projects: for the safe and ecological dismantling of nuclear plants
  • Declaration analyses of waste containers
  • Restoration of uranium mining facilities.
  • Radiological measuring, examination and assessment of old mining waste
  • Investigations into the monitoring of the vicinity of nuclear power plants (immissions and emission)
  • Analysis of how natural radionuclides travel from the soil into the plant
  • Analysis and appraisal of building materials suspect of being contaminated (radiological and conventional)
  • Radiochemical analyses of depositions as part of incorporation monitoring of persons exposed to radiation on the job
  • Radionuclide analyses for nuclear power plants
  • Precisions analyses of nuclear fuel
  • Radionuclide analyses of drinking and mineral waters
  • Examination and assessment of ground, surface, waste water and waste as well as of sediments and soils (conventional and radionuclides)
  • Characterisation of highly saliniferous fluids and solids from the operation of geothermal plants

VKTA deploys the latest methods of analysis to be able to measure and assess the level of contamination with radioactive and conventional contaminants, including instrument-based, radiochemical, nuclear spectroscopy or wet-chemical methods from detecting traces to main components.

The field of chemical and radiochemical analysis spans the following methodological areas:

  • Matrix-based sample preparation
  • Chemical/physical characterisation
  • Wet-chemical methods such as gravimetry, volumetry
  • Chromatographic methods such as ion chromatography, gas chromatography, HPLC
  • Spectroscopic methods such as ICP-MS, photometry
  • Electrochemical measuring methods such as potentiometry, voltammetry, analyses using ion-sensitive electrodes
  • gamma ray spectrometry
  • alpha ray spectrometry
  • Liquid scintillation spectrography  (LSC) for the measuring of beta/alpha ray emitters

The methods of α, β and γ ray spectrometry as well as ICP-MS are adapted to every specific task description at instrument level and with regard to the many radiochemical separation methods available for nuclide and matrix analyses.