Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School 2013


Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School
Professor Ken Czerwinski
E-Mail:, phone 5-0501
Monday 10 June to Friday 19 July
Summer 2013

Daily 0900-1200
CHEM 102 from 10 June to 21 June
WRI C237 starting on 26 June

TAs: Jackie Dorhout and Bradley Childs

Classroom Grading

Homework Quiz:  20 % (during class or after lecture)
Test:  15 % each (5 total)
Participation:  5 %

Laboratory Grading

Laboratory Report:  10 % each (4 total)
Research Report: 30 %
Research Presentation:  30 %

Textbooks and Readings

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

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. The students gain research experience through laboratory projects with radioelements and radionuclides.

Outcomes for the Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School are:

  • 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 relating radiochemistry to the nuclear fuel cycle

last update:  Thursday, 27 June, 2013