Faculty of Natural
Comenius University in Bratislava

Department of Nuclear Chemistry

Characteristics of the department

The orientation of the department in pedagogical and scientific research activities is focused mainly on the study of separation methods for trace elements and radionuclides in various matrices of the environment. The aim of this research is a comprehensive assessment of the state, morphology and pollutant specifications, as well as the radiation impact on heterogeneous systems, important from ecological and theoretical aspects.

The scientific and pedagogical staff is focusing their activities on the training of qualified experts in the Nuclear Chemistry program. The educational program of the department is realized in the scope of a bachelor study program in Chemistry with the aim of preparing a bachelor thesis focused on nuclear chemistry and master study in the program Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry in daily form. The Department of Nuclear Chemistry also offers PhD studies in the field of nuclear chemistry, both in daily and external form.

Profile of a nuclear chemist

  • Manages basic theoretical and practical knowledge of chemical fields (analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry), physics and mathematics, including programming,
  • A nuclear chemist is well acquainted with the use of radioisotopes in chemistry, and has knowledge about the methods of their preparation and isolation and the preparation of isotopically modified compounds,
  • Theoretically and practically manages the metrology of radionuclides and stable nuclides in chemical, geochemical, metrological, biochemical and medical laboratories,
  • A nuclear chemist knows the technique of working with radioactive substances, manages the separation methods for trace elements and radionuclides, which he uses for their concentration, separation and determination.
  • Also independently solves scientific problems from various areas of chemistry, especially from the Department of Nuclear Chemistry. The acquired knowledge is applied in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, nuclear medicine and other fields of science and practice where ionizing radiation is applied.

Applying graduates of the master degree program in Nuclear Chemistry and Radioecology

  • Graduates can analyze, suggest the use of radioisotopes for chemical applications, biology, nuclear medicine, industry, and research with high creativity and autonomy,
  • Know how to manage staff teams in these areas, lead large projects independently and take responsibility for complex solutions,
  • A solid scientific approach is based on acquired knowledge during the study of the theoretical and related chemistry and nuclear chemistry subjects, practical exercises using specialized metrological instruments to measure alpha, beta, gamma radiation on the basis of a diploma thesis that is usually part of the research tasks of an educational institution,
  • They are also familiar with nuclear technology, radiation protection and environmental chemistry.
  • Graduates apply to research institutes, healthcare facilities, the sectors of nuclear power industry, environment, chemical industry, as well as project institutes in research and operations,
  • The Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry Study Program is linked to a Bachelor of Science degree course in Chemistry, which provides graduates with a sufficiently broad foundation in mathematics, physics and practical training in basic chemical disciplines,
  • Graduates have the option of further study in third degree programs (doctoral study programs, external / internal form), which also include the Nuclear Chemistry program.
Main themes of the core skills of master's degree
  • Separation chemistry
  • Measurement of nuclear radiation
  • Radiation chemistry and dosimetry
  • Fuel cycle chemistry
  • Rádioecology
  • Radiochemical analysis
  • Isotopically modified compounds in radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine
  • Diploma thesis

Doctoral degree

Main themes of the core skills of doctoral degree

Study section:

  • Nuclear chemistry, metrology and ionizing radiation spectrometry, physical analysis methods, isotopically modified compounds, chemical thermodynamics, chemometry, nuclear fuel cycle chemistry, trace chemistry, nuclear and radiation safety, mathematical modeling of the experiment, low activity measurement, nuclear analytical chemistry, radioactive waste , radiation chemistry and photochemistry, radioecology, radiopharmaceuticals, radiobiology, radiochemical analysis, reaction kinetics, separation chemistry, separation of metals and rare elements, internal contamination,

 Scientific part:

  • Research of selected area from the Department of Nuclear Chemistry
  • Principles of scientific work, links research - development - production - use - recycling, scientific formulation of the problem, ethical and social aspects of scientific work, presentation of results, legal and environmental aspects, development of the study department and contribution to the practice.
  • The dissertation examination and the defense of the dissertation (final thesis) must meet the criterion for the student to demonstrate the ability to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge independently. The results of the work must be published in the scientific journals predominantly listed in the journal.

 Similar departments abroad

  • Finland - Radiochemistry, University of Helsinki,
  • Austria - Radiochemistry, University of Vienna, Technical University Vienna,
  • Czech Republic - Nuclear Chemistry, Technical University of Prague,
  • France - Radiochimie Ecole National Supérieur de Chimie de Paris,
  • Germany - Technical universities and universities in Aachen, Berlin, Bon, Dražany Heilderberg, Cologne,
  • Hungary - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.