Laboratory Exercises

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 appropriate). All the exercises are suitable for hands-on training of students and personel.

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.

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.

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.

    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.

    • Gamma Spectroscopy
    • Liquid Scintillation Counting
    • Measurement of Isotopes using Cerenkov Radiation
    • Quench corrections in Liquid Scintillation Counting

    Nuclear Reactions and Neutron Activation

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

    Radiochemistry Methods and Techniques

    Radioecology and Environmental Related

    Other Type of Exercises

      • Determination of Low Solubilities
      • Determination of the Specific Surface Area of an Insoluble Substance
      • Determination of Uranium Concentration and the 234238U Isotopic Ratio in a Solution
      • Introduction to Radioimmunoassay
      • Isotopic Exchange Reactions 
      • Preparation of 14C Labelled Aspirin
      • Liquid-liquid Extraction of 99mTc
      • Naturally Occuring Radioactivity - NORM and TENORM
      • Separation of radioisotopes by solvent extraction
      • Speciation Calculation or Uranium in Oxic Conditions as a Function of pH using PHREEQC


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