CHEM 312: Introduction to Radiochemistry


CHEM 312:  Introduction to Radiochemistry
Professor Ken Czerwinski
E-Mail:, phone 5-0501
Tuesday, Thursday, CBC C225
Fall 2013


Homework:  10 % (assigned at end of presentation)
Test:  15 % each (4 during semester)
Web Presentation:  25 %
Participation:  5 %

Textbooks (see course readings)

Modern Nuclear Chemistry, Loveland et. al.
Nuclear and Radiochemistry, Friedlander et. al.
Technetium, Schwochau
Radiochemistry of Nuclear Power Plants with Light Water Reactors, Ch. 3, Neeb

Radiochemistry is introduced through the physics of radioactive decay and chemistry of radioisotopes. Nuclear properties, nuclear forces and nuclear structure are described. Details on alpha, beta, gamma decay, and fission are discussed. The use of radiochemistry in research is explored with attention given to the nuclear fuel cycle. The interaction of radiation with matter is introduced.

Outcomes for CHEM 312:

  • Understand, utilize, and apply the chart of the nuclides to radiochemistry and nuclear technology
  • Understand the fundamentals of nuclear structure
  • Understand chemical properties of radioelements
  • Comprehend and evaluate nuclear reactions and the production of isotopes
  • Comprehend types and descriptions of radioactive decay
  • Understand the utilization of radiochemistry in research
  • Investigate modern topics in radiochemistry

last update:  Tuesday, 27 August, 2013