Ionizing Energy as an Aid in Exchange Tritium Labeling

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Science  26 Jun 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3365, pp. 1740-1741
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3365.1740


The tritium labeling of organic compounds by the Wilzbach technique—that is, by simple exposure of the compound to tritium gas—is greatly accelerated by the simultaneous exposure of the system to a silent electrical discharge. The incorporation of tritium into benzene was increased by a factor of about 104 without undue decomposition. Cobalt-60 γ-rays were found to be far less useful for increasing the tritium incorporation.