Optional Topic 4 (for MSc degree)

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Chemistry of actinides and transactinides


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  • natural actinides
  • production/formation of actinides in nuclear explosions, nuclear reactors and accelerators
  • electronic structure
  • ionic radii
  • oxidation state
  • major chemical forms
  • disproportionation
  • hydrolysis and polymerisation
  • complex formation
  • oxides and other important compounds
  • chemistry of U, Th, Np, Pu and Am
  • speciation of actinides
  • separations
    • analytical
    • industrial (PUREX etc)
  • production of transactinides
  • extension of the periodic table
  • chemical properties of the transactinides