Nuclear Chemistry and Radioprotection

Course Code :1001WETNCR
Study domain:Chemistry
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:Minimum 8/20 for "Fundamentals of Chemistry I", "Analytical Chemistry, incl. practical" and "Physics II".
Contact hours:20
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Piet Van Espen
Koen Janssens

3. Course contents *

This course provides an overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of radioactivity.

Following an introduction about the discovery of radioactivity, the structure and the properties of atomic nuclei (stable and unstable ones) is discussed. The emphasis is on the similarity between the nuclear structure and the electronic structure of atoms. Different types of radioactive decay are described as well as the kinetic aspects of radioactive decay. Finally, a number of applications of radioactivity are discussed such as the use of radioactive tracers. The last chapter of the course deals with safety aspects of radioactivity.