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  • 1 Agricultural University of Norway Isotope and Electron Microscopy Laboratories N-1432 Aas-NLH Norway
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Colloids play a major role in the transport of trace metals as well as radionuclides in natural waters. These species are of importance for passive take in biota.Radionuclides may form colloids and pseudocolloids during hydrolysis or through interaction with other components present in the water phase, such as clay minerals or humic substances. Furthermore, aggregation and dispersion and other transformation processes, will influence the colloidal fraction, for instance during storage of samples. Fractionation of radionuclides associated with colloids in natural waters should, therefore, take place in situ or shortly after sampling.Different analytical techniques are useful for the fractionation of colloids, pseudocolloids, and particles. In the present paper, the application of hollow fiber ultrafiltration and dialysis is demonstrated for radionuclides in waste waters from the Oscarshamn nuclear installation in Sweden.The results illustrate that hollow fiber ultrafiltration is a more powerful technique than dialysis. The fractionation is rapid, sorption is of minor significance, the pore size distribution is rather narrow, and the filtering capacity is high.