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Intro to Radiochemistry for Chemical Technicians

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Upon completion of this course, the candidate will demonstrate an understanding of radiochemistry with respect to radiochemistry fundamentals, radiation detection in the lab and gamma spectroscopy fundamentals by achieving a minimum grade of 80% as evaluated by the test checkout.

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Course Outline

Radiochemistry Overview

  • What is Radiochemistry?
  • Applications

Radiation Fundamentals

  • Atomic Structure
  • What is an isotope?
  • Modes of Decay
  • Ionization Radiation at CANDU
  • Nuclear Stability
  • Nuclear Model
  • Units of Decay
  • Radioactive Half Life
  • Radioactive Equilibrium


  • Chart of the Nuclides
  • Natural vs Man-made Radiation
  • Neutron Activation & Depletion
  • Fission
  • CANDU Radionuclide Sources 

Radiation Detection

  • Principles of Nuclear Detection
  • Detector Types
  • Alpha, Beta, Gamma counting 

Nuclear Laboratory

  • Counting Statistics
  • Definition of MDA
  • Sample Collection and Preparation 

Beta Detection

  • Proportional Flow Counting
  • Liequid Scintillation Counting 

OPEX Where Things Can Go Wrong

  • General spectroscopy
  • Uncalibrated Equipment
  • Sample Geometry Effects
  • Incorrectly Collected Samples
  • Incorrectly Prepared Samples
  • Dead Isotopes on Arrival, Short Lived Isotopes
  • Incorrect Libraries



Who Should Attend

​This course is designed for:

  • Chemical technicians and lab supervisors directly involved with lab work
  • Affiliated groups - Maintenance, Scheduling
  • Customers of the Chemistry Lab who provide samples and rely on results

Key Benefits

Gain knowledge of:

  • The tools available to gather information on various isotopes
  • An understanding of how samples are analyzed
  • Strengths of each method, limitations, and common sources of error


  • Rob Taylor

    ​Rob Taylor B. Sc. is a scientist with over 15 years of experience in the field of radiochemistry and analytical chemistry. He has extensive knowledge of radioanalytical instrumentation and methodology, as well as expertise in development of separation techniques for analytical determination of difficult-to-measure radionuclides.

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Training Locations

  • Toronto

    800 Kipling Ave., Unit 2
    Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5G5