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MChem Chemistry with International Study / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 21/22 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.
This module explores the physical and chemical characteristics of the radioactive elements, including The Atomic Nucleus; Origin of the Elements; Subvalent Actinide Chemistry; Optical Spectroscopy of Lanthanides and Actinides
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The course unit aims to provide:
- an understanding of the nature and properties of the atomic nucleus
- knowledge of the chemistry of the actinide elements, particularly electronic and molecular structure of actinide species
- an explanation of the origins of the chemical elements and their abundances, including the physical mechanisms and the relationships to the life cycles of stars.
- Understand simple models of the atomic nucleus and their relevance to physical properties.
- Explain the origins of the chemical elements and their universal abundances, and relate element production to the life cycle of stars and the nuclear reactions that take place in them.
- Understand the role of nuclear power in the context of zero carbon
- Understand the interaction of radiation with matter and the methods of radiation detection
- Understand the causes of criticality incidents and how to prevent them
- Understand the electronic structure and chemistry of the actinide elements and salient features of their chemistry.
Teaching and learning methods
Unseen Examination: 1 hour 45 mins
Students should be able to:
- Understand the basic concepts of radiochemistry
- Combine the basic principles of relevant physics and chemistry
Transferable skills and personal qualities
The following transferable skills will be developed:
- Assimilation of complex physical and chemical concepts
- Analysis and synthesis of diverse ideas from different topics in the course
- Nuclear weapons design
- Time management and organisation
Nucleosynthesis: There is a workshop session at the end of the nucleosythesis section, where the students can attempt and receive feedback on questions.
The atomic nucleus: Students attempt past paper questions, and these are then worked through in a workshop
Interactions of radiation with matter: The last lectures are interspersed with problems and questions to go through questions that were set during the course.
Optical spectroscopy of lanthanides and actinides: The lectures are interspersed with problems and questions to go through alongside workshop/examples sessions and past paper questions with feedback provided.
- Radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry (3rd ed) By Gregory R. Choppin, Jan-Olov Liljenzin, Jan Rydberg
- Chemistry of the f-block elements-Helen Aspinall (Gordon and Breach)
- The f elements-Nikolas Kaltsoyannis and Peter Scott (Oxford Chemistry Primers)
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|Assessment written exam||2|
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|Francis Livens||Unit coordinator|