Nuclear and Radiochemistry

By Prof. P.K.Mohapatra, Prof. B.S.Tomar   |   Homi Bhabha National Institute
Learners enrolled: 123
Nuclear chemistry deals with the study of nuclear properties of elements using chemistry as a tool. Radiochemistry deals with study of chemical properties of elements using the characteristic radiations emitted by their radioisotopes as a tool. The subject of Nuclear and Radiochemistry helps in understanding the nuclear and chemical properties of elements including actinides, which in turn helps in understanding the chemical phenomena associated with nuclear science and technology as well as expanding the scope of applications of radioisotopes in various fields, such as, chemistry, industry, healthcare, agriculture, water, environment, etc. The students will learn the fundamentals of radioactivity, nuclear decay, nuclear structure and stability, nuclear models, nuclear reactions including fission, radiochemical practices and chemistry of actinides.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: M.Sc. and Ph. D. Students

PREREQUISITES: B.Sc in Chemistry, with Physics and at least up to first year

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Several academic institutions, Industries will be interested
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Radioactivity and Nuclear decay
Week 2: Nuclear structure and stability
Week 3: Nuclear models
Week 4: Nuclear reactions
Week 5: Nuclear Fission and Fusion
Week 6: Radiation Detection and Measurements
Week 7: Radiochemical methods
Week 8: Nuclear Analytical Techniques
Week 9: Synthesis of actinides and trans-actinides
Week 10: Actinide Concept
Week 11: Chemistry of Actinides
Week 12: Actinide environmental chemistry

Books and references

1.Nuclear and Radiochemistry (1981) – G. Friedlander, J. Kennedy, J. M. Miller and J. W. Macias
2.Atomic Nucleus (1955) - R. D. Evans
3.Source book of Atomic Energy (1969) - S. Glasstone
4.Man made elements (1963) - G. T. Seaborg
5.Essentials of Nuclear Chemistry (1982) - H. J. Arnikar
6.The Chemistry of Transuranium Elements (1971) - C. Keller
7.Fundamentals of Radiochemistry, IANCAS Publication, 2007
8.Radiation detection and measurement, G.F. Knoll, John Wiley & Sons
9.J.J. Kratz, G.T. Seaborg and L.R. Morss; The Chemistry of Actinide Elements, 2nd Edition, Vol. 1&2, Chapman & Hall, New York (1986).
10.J.J. Katz, L.R. Morss, J.Fuger, and N.M. Edelstein; Chemistry of Actinide and Transactinide Elements, 3rd edition, Springer, Berlin Volume 1-5,(2006).
11.J.C. Bailar, H.J. Emelius, R. Nyholm and A.F. Trotman-Dickenson; Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry,Vol.5,Pergamon Press, Oxford (1973).
12.A.J. Freeman and C. Keller (Eds.); Handbook of Chemistry and Physics of the Actinides, Vol. 1-6, North Holland Publishers, Amsterdam (1986).
13.G.R. Choppin and M.K. Khankhasayev; Chemical Separation Technologies and Related Methods of Nuclear Waste Management, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands (1999).
14.G.R. Choppin and J. Rydberg; Nuclear Chemistry, Theory and Application, Pergamon Press, Great Britain (1980).

Instructor bio

Prof. P.K.Mohapatra

Homi Bhabha National Institute
Prof. P. K. Mohapatra, born in Cuttack, Odisha, did his M.Sc. (First rank) from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar in 1985. He joined Radiochemistry Division, BARC in 1987 after graduating from the 30th Batch of the BARC training school. He did his Ph.D. from University of Bombay in 1994 and did post-doctoral research at University of Mainz, Germany (1999-2000) under the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. His research interests include separation of actinides and fission products using novel extractants, in ionic liquid based solvents and novel separation techniques including liquid membranes. Based on his contributions in the area of separation of actinide and fission products from radioactive feeds he has been given the DAE-SRC outstanding researcher award (2009) and the Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award (2010). In view of his excellent contribution to separation science and technology, he has been elected as an honorary Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad. A recognized guide of Mumbai University and Homi Bhabha National Institute (Deemed University), Dr. Mohapatra is an Associate Editor of Separation Science and Technology and one of the Editors of Radiochimica Acta. He is in the advisory board of several prestigious journals including Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange. Currently, he is heading Radiochemistry Division of BARC. He has over 400 publications in peer reviewed international journals with over 7800 citations and over 500 presentations in conferences / symposia.

Prof. B.S.Tomar

Prof. B.S.Tomar superannuated in December 2017 as Director, Radiochemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic research Centre, Mumbai. He did his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Garhwal University in 1979 and joined Radiochemistry in 1982 after graduating from 25th batch of BARC Training School. He has worked in the area of nuclear fission, heavy ion reactions, ion beam analysis and actinide speciation and has published more than 200 papers in international journals. He has taught the subject of Nuclear and Radiochemistry at postgraduate level for more than 25 years at BARC Training School. Dr. Tomar served as Dean of chemical sciences (BARC) as well as Convener, Board of Studies, Chemical Sciences, Homi Bhabha National Institute. So far 17 Ph.D. and 3 M.Sc. students have obtained their degrees under his supervision from Mumbai University and HBNI. He was a visiting Professor to Technical University, Delft, Netherlands during 2007-2008. He was invited by IAEA to serve as an expert on Radiation Detection and Measurement and as a member of the standing advisory group on safeguards implementation (SAGSI). He has received the DAE special contribution and group achievement awards for his contribution towards the programmes of the department. Post superannuation Dr. Tomar served as Raja Ramanna fellow, DAE during 2018-2021. Presently Dr. Tomar is Institute Chair Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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