Nuclear and Radiochemistry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123914309, 9780123914873

Nuclear and Radiochemistry

1st Edition

eBook ISBN: 9780123914873
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123914309
Paperback ISBN: 9780323282451
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 18th May 2012
Page Count: 432
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The field of nuclear and radiochemistry is wide-reaching, with results having functions and use across a variety of disciplines. Drawing on 40 years of experience in teaching and research, this concise book explains the basic principles and applications of the primary areas of nuclear and radiochemistry. Separate chapters cover each main area of recent radiochemistry. This includes nuclear medicine and chemical aspects of nuclear power plants, namely the problems of nuclear wastes and nuclear analysis (both bulk and surface analysis), with the analytical methods based on the interactions of radiation with matter. Furthermore, special attention is paid to thermodynamics of radioisotope tracer methods, the very diluted system (carrier-free radioactive isotopes) and the principles of chemical processes with unsealed radioactive sources. This book will be helpful to students and researchers in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental sciences, and specialists working in all fields of radiochemistry.

Key Features

  • Basic concepts are introduced and practical applications explained, providing a full view of the subject.
  • Laboratory work with unsealed radiochemicals is discussed in details that can be applied in research and authority in the lab environment.


Students and researchers in chemistry, chemical engineering, and specialists working in any fields of radiochemistry such as agriculture, geology, medicine, or physics.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Further Reading

2. Basic Concepts

2.1 Atomic Nuclei

2.2 Forces in the Nucleus

2.3 Other Properties of Nuclei

2.4 Elementary Particles

2.5 Models of Nuclei

Further Reading

3. Isotopes

3.1 Isotopic Effects

3.2 Separation of Isotopes

3.3 Isotope Composition in Nature

3.4 Study of Geological Formations and Processes by Stable Isotope Ratios

Further Reading

4. Radioactive Decay

4.1 Kinetics of Radioactive Decay

4.2 Radioactive Decay Series

4.3 Radioactive Dating

4.4 Mechanism of Radioactive Decay

Further Reading

5. Interaction of Radiation with Matter

5.1 Basic Concepts

5.2 Interaction of Alpha Particles with Matter

5.3 Interaction of Beta Radiation with Matter

5.4 Interaction of Gamma Radiation with Matter

5.5 Interaction of Neutrons with Matter

Further Reading

6. Nuclear Reactions

6.1 Kinetics of Nuclear Reactions

6.2 Classification of Nuclear Reactions

6.3 General Scheme of Radionuclide Production by Nuclear Reactions and Radioactive Decay

6.4 Chemical Effects of Nuclear Reactions

Further Reading

7. Nuclear Energy Production

7.1 Nuclear Power Plants

7.2 Accidents in Nuclear Power Plants

7.3 Storage and Treatment of Spent Fuel and Other Radioactive Waste

7.4 New Trends in Nuclear Energy Production

7.5 Nuclear Weapons

Further Reading

8. Radioactive Tracer Methods

8.1 History of Radioactive Tracer Methods

8.2 Basic Concepts

8.3 Selection of Tracers

8.4 Position of the Labeling Atom in a Molecule

8.5 General Methods for the Preparation of Radioactive Tracers

8.6 Radioactive Isotopes in Tracer Methods

8.7 The Main Steps of the Production of Unsealed Radioactive Preparations (Lajos Baranyai)

8.8 Production of Encapsulated Radioactive Preparations (Sealed Sources) (Lajos Baranyai)

8.9 Facilities, Equipment, and Tools Serving for Production of Radioactive Substances (Lajos Baranyai)

Further Reading

9. Physicochemical Application of Radiotracer Methods

9.1 The Thermodynamic Concept of Classification (Distribution of Radioactive and Stable Isotopes)

9.2 Classification of Tracer Methods

9.3 Physicochemical Applications of Tracer Methods

Further Reading

10. Radio- and Nuclear Analysis

10.1 Radioactive Isotopes as Tracers

10.2 Radioanalytical Methods Using the Interaction of Radiation with Matter

Further Reading

11. Industrial Application of Radioisotopes

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Tracer Investigations with Open Radioisotopes

11.3 Absorption and Scattering Measurements with Sealed Radioactive Sources

Further Reading

12. An Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

12.1 Fields of Nuclear Medicine

12.2 The Role and Aspects of Applying Radiotracers in Medicine

12.3 In Vitro Diagnostics with Radioisotopes

12.4 Radionuclide Imaging

12.5 Some Examples of Gamma Camera Imaging Procedures

12.6 Positron Emission Tomography

Further Reading

13. Environmental Radioactivity

13.1 Natural Radioactive Isotopes

13.2 Radioactive Isotopes of Anthropogenic Origin

13.3 Occurrence of Radioactive Isotopes in the Environment

13.4 Biological Effects of Radiation

Further Reading

14. Detection and Measurement of Radioactivity

14.1 Gas-Filled Tubes

14.2 Scintillation Detectors

14.3 Semiconductor Detectors

14.4 Electric Circuits Connected to Detectors

14.5 Track and Other Detectors

14.6 Absolute Measurement of Decomposition

14.7 Statistics of Radioactive Decay

Further Reading


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"There are many good points in the new book…the list of events in the history of nuclear science with links to the sections where they are explained is useful. The radiotracer chapters are also well described and detailed…"--Chemistry World, May 2013

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