Practical Exercises in Nuclear Chemistry

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15PJCH KZ 4 0+4
Miroslava Semelová, Kateřina Čubová (guarantor), Pavel Bartl
Miroslava Semelová, Kateřina Čubová (guarantor), Pavel Bartl
Department of Nuclear Chemistry

The exercise give the students practical introduction to fundamental priciples of nuclear processes such as radionuclide decay, preparation of radionuclides with thermal neutron activation and utilization of radioactive equlibrium e.g. in radionuclide generators. The nuclear chemistry / radiochemistry processes such as Szilard-Chalmers effects, and principles of coprecipitation are demonstrated, too.


1. Bachelor in Nuclear chemistry

2. Entrance test

Syllabus of lectures:
Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Regulations for the work with open IR sources.

2. Complex decay curve analysis.

3. Measurement of Indium activity increase as the dependence of neutron activation time, half-life determination of Indium.

4. Determination of 137mBa half-life and growth curve measurement

5. Determination of the mass of a radionuclide.

6. Half-life determination of long-lived radionuclides (40K, 238U).

7. Separation of nuclear izomers Br-80m and Br-80.

Study Objective:

Students will get practical knowledge about fundamental principles of nuclear transmutations and nuclear chemistry/radiochemistry - kinetics of nuclear decays and principles of transmutations.

Based on determination and measurement of activity of radionuclides, students will be competent to verify and quantify half-life of radionuclides, their quantity, and distribution.

Study materials:

Key literature:

1. Manuals for Practical Exercises in Nuclear Chemistry, set of teaching materials, 2017

2. Decree No. 422/2016 Coll., on radiation protection and security of a radioactive source, as amended

Recommended literature:

1. Act No. 263/2016 Coll., atomic act, as amended

2. W. D. Loveland, D. J. Morrissey, G. T. Seaborg: Modern nuclear chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey, 2006

3. G. R. Choppin et al.: Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry, Fourth Edition, Academic Press, 2013

Media and tools:

1. Radiochemistry laboratory

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