Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School 2014


Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School
Professor Ken Czerwinski
E-Mail:, phone 5-0501
Monday 9 June to Friday 18 July
Summer 2014

CHEM 102

TAs: Andrew Swift and Bill Kerlin

Lecture Grading

Lectures will be on-line and in-class. Online lectures will be summarized in meetings, with emphasis on exercising presented information.

Online presentation methods

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

Laboratory Grading

The laboratory component will consist of a week of graded laboratory followed by five weeks of research. A research presentation will complete the program.

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

Fuel Cycle Overview Information (From Sandia National Laboratory)

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:  Sunday, 8 June, 2014