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Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750623001, 9781483293462

Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry

2nd Edition

2nd Edition of Nuclear Chemistry, Theory and Applications

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Authors: Gregory Choppin Jan-Olov Liljenzin Jan Rydberg
eBook ISBN: 9781483293462
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th February 1995
Page Count: 720
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Nuclear chemistry comprises isotope chemistry, radiochemistry, radiation chemistry and nuclear reaction chemistry, along with applications. These interrelated fields are all covered in this textbook for chemists and chemical engineers. This new edition of the standard work 'Nuclear Chemistry' has been completely rewritten and restructured to suit teaching and learning needs in a wide range of chemistry courses, such as basic courses in radiochemistry, or more advanced nuclear chemistry courses.

The book is divided into sections that closely fit teaching demands. The first chapter gives a broad introduction and background to the subject, and the second chapter covers stable isotopes. Chapters 3 to 9 comprise what is generally regarded as 'radiochemistry'. Chapters 10 to 17 offer a course in nuclear reaction chemistry. Chapter 18 deals with biological radiation effects for the chemist. The last four chapters give a guide to nuclear energy: energy production, fuel cycle, waste management, the largest applied field of nuclear chemistry. Over 200 exercises, with model answers, remain largely unchanged from the first edition, so teachers working from the earlier text should find only advantages in switching to this new restructured course book on all aspects of nuclear chemistry. 'The book fully meets the authors objectives, it is well written in a logical, objective, thought-provoking and quite easily readable style. It should appeal to the serious student of radio- and nuclear chemistry at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, as well as to readers with a more general interest in nuclear science and its impact on the environment.' - Applied Radiation and Isotopes, July 1995 'This book is an excellent, readable account of a significant part of the scientific achievements of more than half this century. The authors have dedicated the book to Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg and its scholarship makes it a fitting tribute.' - Radiological Protection Bulletin, December 1995


Chemistry undergraduates and masters students; nuclear chemists

Table of Contents

Origin of nuclear science; Nuclei, isotopes and isotope separation; Nuclear mass and stability; Unstable nuclei and radioactive decay; Radionuclides in nature; Absorption of nuclear radiation; Radiation effects on matter; Detection and measurement techniques; Uses of radioactive tracers; Cosmic radiation and elementary particles; Nuclear structure; Energetics of nuclear reactions; Particle accelerators; Mechanics and models of nuclear reactions; Production of radionuclides; The transuranium elements; Thermonuclear reactions: the beginning and the future; Radiation biology and radiation protection; Principles of nuclear power; Nuclear power reactors; Nuclear fuel cycle; Behaviour of radionuclides in the environment; Appendices: solvent extraction, answers to exercises, isotope chart, periodic table of the elements, quantities and units, fundamental constants, energy conversion factors; Element/nuclide index; Subject index


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About the Authors

Gregory Choppin

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Jan-Olov Liljenzin

Jan-Olov Liljenzin was professor in Nuclear Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, between 1989 and 2001, where he was also Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering from 1990 to 1995. Between 1986 and 1989 he was professor in Chemistry at the University of Oslo and Head of the National Committee on Nuclear Science in Norway. Prior to this, his extensive experience saw him hold positions at institutes around the world, including Euratom CCR, Ispra, Italy, and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts and Languages, Göteborg and a permanent member of the Swedish Chemical Society. His research has, among other things, involved the influence of chemistry on core melt accidents, leading on to international research about iodine chemistry, how to mitigate radioactive releases from nuclear accidents, various methods of treatment and separation of spent radioactive fuel, and chemical aspects of final repositories for radioactive waste. After his return to Sweden he was chairman of the research committee at the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate until his retirement. He has 255 published papers and reports in his name or as a coauthor, and is coauthor of several textbooks and monographies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden

Jan Rydberg

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden


"Revision (2nd edition) makes this test suitable for both radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry courses. Well organized and well written. Excellent choice of topics."

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