Graduate Studies in Radiochemistry at the

University of Missouri-Columbia






Four faculty members in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia have active graduate research programs in nuclear and radiochemistry. As a result, students with an interest in the field can select research projects in a wide variety of areas. In addition, our graduate program offers students access to the nation's largest university based research reactor, MURR, and the opportunity to interact with the faculty and research scientists in the University Radiopharmacuetical Science Institute (RSI) and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute (NSEI).

Meet the Professors:

Justin Walensky

Research Emphasis: Coordination and organometallic chemistry of the actinides in fundamental understanding of molecular and electronic structure as well as bonding; Density Functional Theory of actinide-containing compounds; Small molecule activation; Main group chemistry (P, As, Se, Te); Synthesis and luminescence of gold compounds.

Silvia Jurisson

Research Emphasis: Inorganic and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry, Technetium Clathrochelates

Susan Lever

Research Emphasis: Organic and Bioconjugate Chemistry, Radiopharmaceutical Development, Radiolanthanides, Chemical Foundation of Lead Decorporation

Dave Robertson

Research Emphasis: Development and application of radionuclear methods of analysis.

Nuclear and radiochemistry courses are offered on a regular bases. Introductory Radiochemistry is taught every year, Advanced Radiochemistry is taught every other year, and Nuclear Chemistry is typically offered every three years.

  • Introduction to Radiochemistry (CHE 8600)  An introductory course in the applications of radionuclides in chemistry. Key topics include principles of radioactive decay, interactions of radiation with matter, radiation detectors, health physics, radioactive tracers, nuclear methods of analysis, nucleosynthesis, and sources of radioactive materials.
  • Advanced Radiochemistry (CHE 8610) Reviews current advances in radiochemistry, hot atom  chemistry, radiation chemistry, and nuclear spectrometry.
  • Nuclear Chemistry (CHE 8620) An advanced level description of nuclear properties, radioactive decay, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, fission, particle accelerators, and experimental techniques in nuclear chemistry and nuclear physics.
  • Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry (CHE 8630) The radiotracer concept, history of nuclear medicine, radionuclide production, organic and inorganic chemistry of radiopharmaceutical chemistry, and applications.