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ISSN: 2155-9872

Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques
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Review Article

Mass Spectrometry: A Boon to Nuclear Industry

Chandramouleeswaran S1 and Jayshree Ramkumar1*

1Analytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India

*Corresponding Author:
Jayshree Ramkumar
Scientific officer (F)
Assistant Professor Homi Bhabha National Institute
Analytical Chemistry Division
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India-400085
Tel: 912225592224
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 30, 2014; Accepted date: July 28, 2014; Published date: July 31, 2014

Citation: Chandramouleeswaran S, Jayshree Ramkumar (2014) Mass Spectrometry: A Boon to Nuclear Industry. J Anal Bioanal Techniques S6:005. doi: 10.4172/2155-9872.S6-005

Copyright: © 2014 Chandramouleeswaran S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Mass spectrometry is a versatile technique that is used for the determination of elements at the trace and ultratrace level along with the isotope ratios. The accuracy in the quantification of isotope ratios of radionuclides is essential for environmental monitoring, migration studies, dating, determination of burn-up of fuel, nuclear material accounting and radioactive waste control. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is advantageous due to its outstanding sensitivity, precision and good accuracy for isotope ratio measurements and enhanced figures of merit for the determination of isotope ratio measurements. These advantages can be enhanced by various other variations of ICP-MS like the use of a multiple ion collector device (MC-ICP-MS). The review gives an idea of the various applications in the nuclear field and touches upon some of the important elements used in nuclear industry.