Consolidated Radio-isotope Facility

The ISO-certified Plymouth University Consolidated Radio-isotope Facility (CORIF) is a dedicated laboratory for the manipulation and analysis of natural and enhanced radioactive materials and applications of radioactivity in material analysis. It offers a wide range of ISO-certified research and consultancy services to external academic, public and private sector clients. Data quality is assured through regular participation in external proficiency tests: e.g. Max Rübner Institute (MRI), Germany; National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK; International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria (data available on request).

About us

Radioanalytical instrumentation comprises three state-of-the-art gamma spectrometers and two liquid scintillation counters. Geochemical analyses are undertaken using a wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WD XRF) spectrometer with associated fusion machine and pellet press. Advanced radiochemical and geochemical facilities are complemented by a laser granulometer. The Facility houses a wide range of associated equipment for processing and preparation of any sample type.

CORiF has a licence to hold and dispose of alpha, beta and gamma radionuclides which are used to support many of applications in research and consultancy. The laboratory acquired ISO9001:2008 certification in 2010 and undertakes a range of analytical services related to internal and external research projects and contracts. It is committed to offering advanced postgraduate training in applied analytical techniques and laboratory staff participate actively in undergraduate teaching, mainly for the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences.

To complement our analytical services, the CORIF team provides expert knowledge and support in:

  • sediment and peat geochronology
  • sediment and contaminant source apportionment (fingerprinting)
  • soil erosion and sediment budget evaluation
  • investigations of contaminated land and aquatic ecosystems
  • geochemical tracer studies using radiochemicals
  • investigation of eco- and geno-toxic effects of radionuclides
  • complementary research involving non-radiometric analyses 

CORIF undertakes external analytical contract work to support research and consultancy in these areas and welcomes enquiries from prospective clients and collaborators.