Course: Nuclear Chemistry

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Course title Nuclear Chemistry
Course code KFC/JC
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Sudolská Mária, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Karlický František, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Zbořil Radek, prof. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Subatomic structure or matter.-Methods of study of atomic nucleus and subatomic particles-accelerators. 2. Radioactive transmutations. Decay constant, radioactive transmutation kinetics. Gamma, beta, alpha decay. Spontaneous decay. Spontaneous nucleon emissions. 3. Nuclear reactions. Nuclear cross section, atomic reactions rate and yield. Nuclear reaction mechanisms. Neutron, proton, deuteron, hellion, photonuclear reactions. 4. Chemical reactions caused by nuclear transmutations. Szilard-Chalmers effect. Chemical consequences of radioactive transmutations. 5. Natural radioactivity. Transformation lines, nuclear chronology. Isotope phenomena. 6. General phase diagram. Nuclear genesis of elements in universe. Thermonuclear fission. 7. Detection of ionising radiation. General characteristic and distribution of detection methods. Detectors. 8. Interaction of nuclear radiation and matter. Interactions of neutrons, beta and gamma radiation, and heavy charged particles. Mechanisms of energy loss . Dosimetry. 9. Radiation and chemical reactions. Primary radiation product reactions. Water radiolysis. Organic compound radiolysis. 10. Nuclide analysis, nuclear and chemical methods. Radioisotope X-ray fluorescence analysis. Mössbauer spectroscopy. 11. Radionuclides preparation and marked compounds. Charged particle resources-cyclotrons. Preparation methods of marked compounds. 12. Nuclear and chemical technology. Chain reaction, nuclear reactors. 13. Production and regeneration of nuclear fuel. Secondary materials. Radioactive waste disposal.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 90 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject is aimed on fundamentals in the field of nuclear chemistry
ability to define main concepts, describe nuclear reactions, and mechanisms

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Attendance is not obligatory but is strongly recommended. Examination is oral with a preceding test, successful fulfilment of the credit test at least in 60%
Recommended literature
  • G. Schatz, A. Weidinger. (1996). Nuclear Condensed Matter Physics ? Nuclear Methods and Applications. Wiley, Chichester.
  • - V. Majer a kol.. (1981). Základy užité jaderné chemie. SNTL Praha.
  • - V. Majer a kol.. (1985). Základy užité jaderné chemie. SNTL Praha.
  • A. Gosman, Č. Jech. (1989). Jaderné metody v chemickém výzkumu,. Academia, Praha.
  • A. Vertes, I. Kiss. (1987). Nuclear Chemistry. Akademiai Kiado, Budapest.
  • B. Povh, K. Rith, Ch. Scholz, F. Zetsche. (1999). Particles and Nuclei,. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • F. Grambal. (1996). Úvod do jaderné chemie. Vydavatelství UP, Olomouc.
  • G. Friedländer, J. W. Kennedy, J. M. Miller. (1981). Chemical Aspects of the Atomic Nucleus, Nuclear and Radiochemistry. J. Wiley, New York.
  • G. R. Choppin, J. Rydberg. (1980). Nuclear Chemistry. Pergamon Press, Oxford.
  • J. G. Cuninghame. (1992). Nuclear chemistry. Cambridge.
  • J. Hála, A. Zeman. (1992). Cvičení z jaderné chemie. Vydavatelství MU, Brno.
  • O. Navrátil a kol.. (1985). Jaderná chemie,. Academia, Praha.

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