|RDCH 710/711: Actinide Chemistry||
RDCH 710/711 Actinide Chemistry
Homework (15 % assigned at the end of each topic)
Exam (35 % each) (Based on questions highlighted in lectures)
Participation (15 %)
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
note: The website springerlink.com is used for links to book chapters and articles on the actinides. It operates when the page is searched from UNLV
The unique chemical properties of actinide elements are described and related to their electronic characteristics. Using nuclear properties in understanding actinide chemistry is provided. Presentations are given on exploiting the chemical behavior of the actinides in separation, the nuclear fuel cycle, environmental behavior, and materials. The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the actinide elements for support in graduate education and research.
The course is divided into two semesters. The
begins with a basic introduction to the actinide elements then progresses to
lectures on each individual actinide element. The 1st semester (RDCH 710)
covers the introduction of the actinide elements to the chemistry and physics of
neptunium. The second semester (RDCH 711) starts with plutonium chemistry, introducing f-electron
behavior through the discussion of plutonium metal properties. RDCH 711 continues with plutonium compound synthesis, and
completes with lawrencium chemistry.
last update: Monday, 26 August, 2013