2017 Radiation Chemistry

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Tsukahara Takehiko  Kato Yukitaka  Takao Koichiro 
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Course description and aims

Radioisotopes and radioactivity are widely used in the fields of energy, medicine, and life sciences. The aim of this course is to understand not only fundamentals such as characteristics of radioisotopes and radiation and the detection/production methods but also their applications. As a result, you can acquire scientific knowledge of radiation chemistry and nuclear chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

The goals are as follows.
1.You can understand chemical and biochemical effects of radiation and radioisotopes. In addition, you can explain the use of radiation and radioisotopes in the fields of energy/life science/medicine.
2.You can get scientific knowledge of radiation and radioisotopes.


Radiation chemistry, radiation, radioactivity, the use of radiation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In order to improve your learning, practice will be given.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Nucleonics Get to be able to explain relationship between the atomic nucleus and radiation
Class 2 Radioactivity Get to be able to explain the law and types of radioactive decay
Class 3 Interaction of radiation with matter Get to be able to explain interactions between matters and alpha-, beta-, gamma-rays, and neutrons
Class 4 Measurement of nuclear radiation Get to be able to explain the principle of radiation detectors
Class 5 Nuclear reactions and radioactivation Get to be able to explain nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, nuclear transmission, and nuclear fuel cycles
Class 6 Radionuclides in chemistry Get to be able to explain chemical properties of radioactive elements and their separation and analysis methods
Class 7 Biological and medical effects of radiation Get to be able to explain biological effects of radiation, especially on human beings, and their mechanisms
Class 8 Medical applications of radiation Get to be able to explain medical applications of radiation


C. Keller,“Radiochemistry”, John Willy & Sons, New York, 1988.

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Related courses

  • NCL.C401 : Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering
  • CAP.E362 : Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • ZUB.F332 : Fundamental Radioactivity and its Application
  • NCL.B401 : Radiation Biology and Medicine
  • NCL.C402 : Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

You had better to obtain the knowledge of basic chemistry.

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ptsuka[at]nr.titech.ac.jp 3067

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