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Actinides - New Insights on Contamination, Exposure, and Analytical Techniques

Markus R. Zehringer

State-Laboratory Basel-City

An experienced analytical chemist, Dr. Zehringer studied chemistry and finished his Ph.D. in 1986 at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His focus is now on the analyses of radon indoor problems and gamma-ray spectrometry of river water. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft. He was working in different fields, such as environmental pollution, radioprotection, and radon remediation, publishing over 57 papers in journals such as J Environ Radioact.


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Actinides, or more precisely "actinoides," are a well-defined group of the periodic table of the elements. This group consists off-elements, which are all unstable (radioactive). It starts with the element actinium (Ac), element No 89, and ends with element No 103, lawrenctium (Lr). The first four elements occur naturally on earth, with even Pu being found in traces. The heavier elements are built by irradiation of lighter elements with neutrons or by irradiation with charged particles. In this book, recent developments in their detection, mainly in the environment and in humans, will be described. Some of the heavier actinides were spread to the environment by nuclear weapons tests and by nuclear accidents. The application of such techniques allows for investigating the spread of actinides in the environment and investigating the hazards to humans by exposure to actinoides. Actinides are also widely used because of their technical disposability. Thus they pose hazards to humans caused of their chemical toxicity as well as external and internal radiation.

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Markus R. Zehringer

State-Laboratory Basel-City

Markus R. Zehringer studied chemistry at the University of Basel and finished his PhD in 1986. From 1988 to 1998 he worked as director of the environmental laboratory at the Office of Water Protection Basel-City, Switzerland. From 1998 to 2019 he was scientist and radioprotection officer at the State-Laboratory Basel-City with the main topics in radiation analyses (fallout-nuclides and radon-monitoring of dwelling houses) and trace analyses of food (pesticide-monitoring of food and monitoring of drugs in meat and fish). From 2019-2021, he worked as a radon specialist (radon analyses and sanitations) for a private company.

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