CINCH Recommended Knowledge

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NUCLEAR AND RADIOCHEMISTRY TEACHING IN EUROPE

PROPOSAL OF MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR A MASTER’S DEGREE IN NUCLEAR AND RADIOCHEMISTRY – TOWARDS EUROPEAN MASTER’S DEGREE EU project CINCH

Cooperation in education in nuclear chemistry) - http://cinch-project.eu/

The following minimum recommended curriculum for a MSc in radiochemistry was put together by the CINCH collaboration and presented at the NRC8 conference in Como, Italy, in September 2012.

In the following, minimum requirements for nuclear and radiochemistry teaching in the European
universities are outlined for MSc level. The plan is intended to form a basis for European master’s
degree in nuclear and radiochemistry (or European master's degree in chemistry - specialization in
nuclear and radiochemistry). The status of the degree can be granted on the basis of mutual
agreement with participating universities or by a decision of an external body such as EuCheMS.
Teaching can consist of lecture and laboratory exercise modules as well as of exams.

Structure of MSc programme on nuclear and radiochemistry (NRC)

  • BSc in chemistry 180 cu
  • Mandatory studies on nuclear and radiochemistry 25 cu
  • (of which at least 10 cu exercises)
  • Optional studies on nuclear and radiochemistry 5 cu
  • Project work and master’s thesis in nuclear and radiochemistry 30 cu
  • Other studies rest
  • In total 300 cu

Mandatory Topics

Mandatory studies on nuclear and radiochemistry (25 cu):

  1. Radioactivity, radionuclides and radiation – principles of nuclear physics for radiochemists
  2. Radiation safety (radiological protection)
  3. Detection and measurement of radiation
  4. Chemistry and analysis of radionuclides
  5. Nuclear reactions and production of radionuclides
  6. Exercises (laboratory and calculation exercises) (at least 10 cu)

Optional Topics (5 cu)

Optional studies consist of several (3-5 cu each) modules on various application fields of nuclear
and radiochemistry. Examples of such courses are given below. The fields of the courses are
recommended to closely link with the actual research field/s of the unit giving the teaching so that
the teaching and research are closely connected and best available researchers are giving the courses at their specialty areas. If possible the courses may also contain laboratory exercises.


  1. Chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle
  2. Radiopharmaceutical chemistry
  3. Environmental radioactivity – radioecology
  4. Chemistry of actinides and transactinides
  5. Chemistry of radionuclides in geosphere related to final disposal of spent nuclear fuel or high-level waste
  6. Radiation chemistry
  7. Nuclear and radioanalytical methods


Radiation chemistry
Topics:
- Irradiation methods
o Types of irradiation sources and devices
o Dosimetrics
o Effects of irradiation geometry, thickness of the target etc.
o Use of data basis and related computer programmes
- Reactions in radiation chemistry in various materials
o Basic reactions, formation of intermediates, excited states, ions, electrons and
radicals
o Reaction of intermediates, formation of stable products
o Radiation chemical yields
o Kinetics of radiolysis
o Reactions in water and water solutions, polymers, metals, nuclear fuel, nutrients,
cells etc.
- Analytical methods used in radiation chemistry
- Application of radiation chemistry
o radiation sterilization of medical equipment
o radiation sterilization of food stuffs
o polymerization and polymer functionalization
o etc.
12. Nuclear and radioanalytical methods
Topics:
- Radioimmunoassay (RIA)
- Neutron activation analysis (NAA) – instrumental and radiochemical
- Isotope dilution analysis
- Radiodating methods (14C-dating, 210Po-dating etc.)
- Radiometric titration
- Use of nuclear and radioanalytical methods in industry