AUTHORSettle, Frank A.
TITLEAnalytical Chemistry and the Manhattan Project
PERIODICAL TITLEAnalytical Chemistry
DATE PUBLISHED2002
VOLUME NUMBER74
ISSUE NUMBER1
PAGE NUMBERS37A-43A
ISSN0003-2700
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This article features the critical role chemical analysis played in producing the fissionable materials for the first atomic bombs. Those materials included graphite for reactor moderators, uranium and plutonium. Some of the more important techniques used for analysis were mass spectrometry, ion-exchange chromatography, electrochemical methods, and emission spectroscopy. New techniques and procedures developed for the Project during World War II led to advances in the field of analytical chemistry in the postwar period.


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