This training aims to introduce the participants to Radioanalytical Chemistry, a field belonging simultaneously to analytical chemistry and applied radiochemistry that is concerned primarily with the use of radionuclides and ionising radiation for analytical purposes. Participation in this course is a logical choice for (but not limited to) graduates of the CINCH Hands-on Training in Nuclear Chemistry who want to deepen their knowledge of applications of radiochemistry.

This dedicated training course aims at delivering the basics of nuclear and radiochemistry (NRC) to trainees with chemical background at Master level (chemistry masters or engineers, and/or freshPhD students), who need to extend their skills and knowledge to the field of nuclear and radiochemistry.

The course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of separation methods used in radiochemistry (extraction and chromatography) to NRC master and PhD level students and/or to analytical chemists without NRC background who have acquired the fundamental nuclear chemistry knowledge e.g. by having passed the HoT in Nuclear Chemistry (or equivalent in radioanalytical laboratories).

The theoretical part of the course explains the specifics of the separation methods in radiochemistry and reviews the principles of key separation methods – solvent extraction including extraction of chelates and ion associates, extraction and ion exchange chromatography. Precipitation and co-precipitation as well as electrochemical methods are also discussed. The lectures/readings are complemented with remote operated RoboLab exercises aimed at the demonstration of the basic principles of some of the methods.

The practical part aims to familiarise students with selected separation methods and procedures allowing comparison of experimental results and related theory.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the applications of nuclear and radiochemistry (NRC) in analytical chemistry to NRC master and Ph.D. level students and/or analytical chemists without NRC background working in radioanalytical laboratories.