Laboratory Exercises

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Laboratory Exercises

On this page you find links to the main categories of laboratory exercises. Under each category title typical exercises are listed (with links directly to the exercise when apprpriate). All the exercises are suitable for hands-on training of students and personel.


Radiation Protection Training

In these laboratory exercises the student are introduced to basic NRC concepts. They teach the student how to perform contamination checks, safe working procedures, etc. and everything else they need to have at least a basic knowledge about before they start on more complicated exercises.


Basic Properties of Radioactivity



Detection Methods and Equipment

These exercises describe the different ways that radioactivity can be detected. They explain the the advantage and the disadvantages with different detection techniques.


Nuclear Reactions and Neutron Activation

  • Neutron Activation Analysis
  • Neutron Activation of Silver and two Component Decay


Radiochemistry Methods and Techniques


Radioecology and Environmental Related

  • Determination of 210-Po from Vegetation
  • Determination of 55-Fe in Nuclear Waste
  • Determination of 90-Sr from Milk Powder
  • Determination of Plutonium and Americium from a Sediment Sample



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Here a list of Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NRC) Laboratory Exercises is provided. The list is organized according to topic. The exercises have been collected from and/or submitted by universities that have used the exercise in question in their actual laboratory teaching. The idea behind providing this list here at NucWik is that NRC teachers and institutions should collaborate and help each other to provide better exercises and teaching. In particular we encourage all teachers (and students!) to provide feedback on exercises they have used in order improve the exercise and to help other teachers in using the exercise. Please use the pages comment tool for feedback (you have to be a registered NucWik user - don't worry, it's free!) or send e-mail to


The exercises are in different state of readiness: Ideally we would like each to have "plug and play" readiness. Then it should have a thorough description, student guides, teacher guides, links to relevant textbook sections and/or compendia (made available through NucWik), equipment list, safety evaluation, etc., etc. If in addition the exercise has been review by an independent NRC teacher approved by the CINCH project, it will have the "CINCH Approved" stamp to certify its quality and completeness. Many exercises haven't reached this stage of preparedness but is of course still included - the thought is that everybody will contribute to improve them until they reaches "plug and play" readiness and "CINCH Approved" quality status.


Introductory laboratory exercises:

Basic Laboratory Procedures for Radiochemistry

Contamination and dose rate monitoring

Introduction to Radiochemistry

Safe working Practice in the Radionuclide Laboratory and preparation of Counting Samples









Other type of exercises: Exercises that do not fit into any of the above categories.

Determination of Low Solubilities

Determination of the Specific Surface Area of an Insoluble Substance

Determination of Uranium Concentration and the 234-U 238-U Isotopic Ratio in a Solution

Introduction to Radioimmunoassay

Isotopic Dilution

Isotopic Exchange Reactions

Preparation of 14-C Labelled Aspirin

Liquid-liquid Extraction of 99mTc

Naturally Occuring Radioactivity - NORM and TENORM

Radionuclide Generator

Separation of radioisotopes by solvent extraction

Speciation Calculation of Uranium in Oxic Conditions as a Function of pH using PHREEQC


Robolab Exercises: This is a special type of laboratory exercises where the phycial laboratory is accessed through a web-interface providing remote control of the equipment. It allows studets access to facilities they might not have available at their own university or it can be used to preparation for real "hands-on" exercises.

List of RoboLab exercises.



As always, we would much like to receive comments, suggestions, corrections, etc. Please provide such on the assosiated comment pages or send an e-mail to Likewise if you have developed your own CSE exercises - please share your work with the NucWik community!