Special Issue "Detectors for Assessment of Natural Radioactivity in Drinking Water: Materials and Method"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Francesco Caridi
Guest Editor
Environmental Protection Agency of Calabria (ARPACal)
Interests: lasers; laser–matter interaction; plasma production; diagnostics and applications; environmental radioactivity; gamma-spectrometry; liquid scintillation; emanometry; applied physics to cultural heritage, environment, biology, and medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The presence of radionuclides in water constitutes a health risk to the population because the consumption of such water increases the likelihood of cancer. Experimental analysis will enhance the detection of significant radionuclides that cause harm to the population and stimulate remediation.

Among the various analytical techniques for assessment of natural radioactivity in drinking water, alpha and gamma spectrometry are employed to obtain the specific activity of alpha and gamma radionuclides, respectively; liquid scintillation counting (LSC) can be used to quantify the activity concentration of tritium, radon, and gross alpha and beta; total alpha/beta counting, with the thick source method, can be used for the gross alpha and beta specific activity evaluation; and emanometry, in the H2O setup configuration, can be employed to estimate the gas radon activity concentration.

Dr. Francesco Caridi
Guest Editor

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  • Natural radioactivity
  • Drinking water
  • Alpha Spectrometry
  • Gamma Spectrometry
  • Liquid scintillation counting (LSC)
  • Total alpha/beta counting
  • Emanometry

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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