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KD2080 Nuclear Chemistry 7.5 credits

Basic nuclear chemistry.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2080 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • nuclear structure, stability, decay, nuclear reactions.
  • the interaction between radiation and matter: retardation, absorption and scattering.
  • chemical and biological effects of radiation: radiation chemistry.
  • questions concerning protection against radiation.
  • isotopic chemistry: chemical methods for enrichment of stable isotopes.
  • radioactive nuclides: radioactive measuring methodology, methods for production, purification and marking of chemical substances.
  • fields of application of radioactive nuclides: detection methods, radioanalytical chemistry, dating methods, etc.
  • methods for solving various problems in engineering and basic research.

Intended learning outcomes

To give the students

  • basic knowledge of nuclear structure, stable and unstable atomic nuclei, nuclear reactions and different modes of radioactive decay and also methods for measurements of radioactivity.
  • the fundamentals of radiochemistry, isotopic chemistry, radiation chemistry and the applications of these in measuring technology, kinetics, radical chemistry, biotechnology and materials and process technology.
  • skills in handling and measurement of radioactive material.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Three years of study at the School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, KTH, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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1.G. Choppin, J. Rydberg, J.O. Liljenzin: Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry, 1995.


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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination, 4,5 credits.
Completed laboratory course including calculation assignment, 3 credits.

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KD2080

Offered by


Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Mats Jonsson,, 08790 9123

Supplementary information

Will replace 3B1301