Chromium, iron and copper were determined in niobium by radiochemical proton activation analysis (PAA). The main steps of
the technique involved the irradiation of the samples with 13 MeV protons, the post-irradiation decontamination of the sample
surface, a two-step separation procedure based on anion exchange from HF and HCl medium, and counting the separated indicator
radionuclides with a well-type NaI detector. For a 5-hr irradiation, limits of detection for chromium, iron, and copper were
0.2, 5.0, and 15 ppb respectively. The results obtained by this technique are compared with data obtained by radiochemical
neutron activation analysis (NAA) and atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS).