CBEMS 133 Nuclear and Radiochemistry (2015-2016)

CBEMS 133 Nuclear and Radiochemistry

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 133 Nuclear and Radiochemistry (Credit Units: 4) Advanced treatment of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, and radioactive-decay processes. Introduction to nuclear activation analysis, isotope effects, radiation chemistry, hot-atom chemistry, nuclear age-dating methods, nuclear reactors, and nuclear power. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with CBEMS 233. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0750674638.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471306283.



Mikael Nilsson
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Perform calculations for activity, production of radionuclides, radioactive decay and radiation dosimetry.

2. The fundamentals of radiation detectors and the basics of how to interpret data from such detectors.

Prerequisites by Topic

Chemistry 170 or equivalent

Lecture Topics:
  • Outline/Introduction/History
  • Definitions (the atomic nucleus, isotopes etc.)
  • Mass and stability of the atomic nucleus
  • Radioactive decay
  • Radionuclides in Nature
  • Absorption of ionizing radiation
  • Radiation effects on matter & radiolysis
  • Measurements of ionizing radiation
  • Nuclear Reactions & fission
  • Production of radionuclides
  • Transuranics & Actinide Chemistry
  • Practical use of radioisotopes in tracer amounts
  • Radiation biology, cancer therapy, & radiation protection
  • Principles of nuclear power
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Midterm Exam: 35%
  • Final Exam: 50%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 11, 2016
Senate Approved:
March 20, 2015
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr