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CE2010 Nuclear Chemistry 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CE2010 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Basic nuclear chemistry including radiation protection

  • Radioactive decay
  • Interaction of radiation with matter
  • Principles for measuring ionizing radiation
  • The first principles for chemical and biological effects of ionizing radiation
  • Basic radiation protection

The nuclear fuel cycle

  • Open and closed nuclear fuel cycles
  • How nuclear energy is converted to electricity
  • Production and reprocessing of nuclear fuel
  • Geological repositories for used nuclear fuel

Nuclear medicine

  • The use of radionuclides within diagnostics and treatment

Radio ecology

  • Radionuclides in the environment

Industrial applications for non-nuclear sectors

Intended learning outcomes

After graduating from the course, the students should be able to:

  • explain and apply basic concepts and relations within nuclear chemistry
  • calculate doses and recommend suitable radiation protection for different exposure situations
  • describe all steps of different nuclear fuel cycles
  • describe and explain the use of radionuclides in nuclear medicine
  • explain how radionuclides affect and accumulate in natural systems
  • give example of and explain principles for industrial applications for non-nuclear sectors

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project 15 credits, 75 credits in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 credits in mathematics and programming, English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Only one of the courses CE2010, KD2430 and KD2090 may be included in the degree.