KJM5912 – Applied radiochemistry

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Course content

Gives the students basic knowledge on the chemical properties of most important radionuclides and the chemical methods used for their separation from various matrices. Shows how chemical properties and speciation affect the behaviour of radionuclides in natural and anthropogenic systems. Gives the students basic skills in the chemical methods used to separate radionuclides from various matrices. The laboratory work and lectures covers NRC radio analytical techniques (e.g. isotope dilution techniques) and tracer techniques, radionuclide generators, LSC and Geiger - Müller detection equipment and counting techniques (including assessment of uncertainty).

Learning outcome

  • Good knowledge of the chemistry (oxidation states, solubilities, complex formation, hydrolysis, compounds), nuclear characteristics (half - lives, decay modes, emitted radiation) and measurement techniques of the most important radionuclide.

    • natural radionuclides (e.g. U, Th, Ra, Po, Pb)

    • fission products (e.g Cs, Sr, Tc, I, etc.)

    • activation products (e.g. Ni, Fe, Co, Mn)

    • tritium and radiocarbon

    • transurans (e.g. Np, Pu, Am, Cm)

  • Special characteristics of the chemistry and separations of radionuclides (trace concentrations, radiation, use of carriers, adsorption of radionuclides.

  • Analytical methods used in radionuclide separations (precipitation, ion exchange, solvent extraction, extraction chromatography).

  • Hot - atom chemistry.

  • Understand the basic principles of detection of ionizing radiation exemplified by gas - counting systems and the NaI detector.

  • Good knowledge of the Liquid Scintillation Technique.


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Maximum 12 students due to Laboratory capasity.

If more than 12 students apply they will be accepted in the following order:

1. Phd.-students at the MN-faculty.

2. Master students with the course in their approved study plan.

3. Master students at the MN faculty

4. Others


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The student is required to complete the HSE course "User course for work with open radioactive sources". The course is offered as module 27 in KJM-MENA4010 – Experimental methods (discontinued), and is compulsory for master students in nuclear chemistry.

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses


Lectures (26 - 30 hours) and six days of laboratory exercises (with mandatory reports).

The curriculum consist of 60% hands - on exercises and laboratory work in a radiochemical laboratories (type C) and 40% theory lectures.

The first lecture is mandatory.

The mandatory laboratory exercises with reports must be approved in order for the student to sit the exam. Mandatory assignements are valid for six semesters after the semester they first where approved.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral exam.

The mandatory exercises and reports must be approved before the exam.

Examination support material

Table of nuclides

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)