101531 Radiochemistry I (3.0.3)

Course Goals:

To explain the chemical characteristics of radionuclides and the factors that affect their chemical forms when separated from their aqueous solutions, to teach the separation methods to separate the radionuclide in the sample from interfering radionuclides and matrix elements, to prepare counting source and to teach the determination the chemical efficiency and the radiochemistry of selected radionuclides.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students who pass this course will be capable of practicing the separation of radionuclides from a sample due to their knowledge of “the chemical properties of radionuclides, the factors that affect their chemical forms, the techniques used in separation of radionuclides and the radiochemistry of selected radionuclides”. Students also will know how to determine the chemical efficiency and to transfer the sample to the source to measure the activity of radionuclide in the sample.

Course Subjects:

  • The separation of radionuclide from aqueous solutions.
  • Factors that affect the chemical forms of radionuclide in aqueous solutions (pH, redox potential).
  • Dissolved gases, ligands, humic substances, coloidal particles.
  • Separation techniques (precipitation, solubility parameter, ion Exchange).
  • Separation techniques (solvent extraction, extraction chromatography).
  • Determination of chemical efficiency.
  • Preparation and counting of sources (Gamma, LSC).
  • Preparation and counting of sources (Alpha).
  • Radiochemistry of alkaline metals (134Cs, 135Cs, 137Cs, 40K).
  • Radiochemistry of alkaline earth metals (226Ra, 228Ra).
  • Radiochemistry of alkaline earth metals (89Sr, 90Sr).
  • Radiochemistry of Tritium (3H) and radiocarbon (14C).
  • Radiochemistry of lead (210Pb), polonium (210Po).
  • Presentation of the projects.