The Catholic University of America

Courses offered Fall 2015

NEP 522: Materials Science of Nuclear Waste Forms (3 credits)
Mondays 5:10PM - 7:40PM – Location: Hannan 231
Instructors:Dr. Werner Lutze and Brad Bowan

Course description:
The course makes the students familiar with the most widely used materials to confine radioactive waste, particularly high-level waste. The sources of the wastes, their treatment, and the properties of waste forms. e.g., radiation, transmutation, attack of water, will be explained and discussed. The focus will be on borosilicate glass. The fundamental properties of the glassy state of matter will be taught. Other waste forms for high-level radioactive waste, such as ceramics (spent fuel, synroc) and some waste forms for lower levels of radioactivity will be dealt with as well.

Text: TBD


NEP 521: Radiochemistry (3 credits)

Wednesdays 5:10PM - 7:40PM – Location: Hannan 231
Instructor: Dr. Wing Kot

Course description:
A thorough understanding of the fundamentals of radioactivity and other nuclear phenomena is crucial to the students’ needs, regardless of their study objectives. The curriculum and syllabus therefore include many of the topics found in the classical treatises of radiochemistry, including nuclear energetics, nuclear properties, and decay processes and kinetics. Nuclear forces and structure will be discussed briefly. The curriculum will also comprise radiochemical techniques, radiochemical applications, and chemical and physical properties of selected elements (actinides and fission products). In the context of Nuclear Environmental Protection, two areas of radiochemistry are of special interest and relevance. They are behavior of radionuclides in the environment and speciation and identification of the chemical forms of radionuclides in waste media and waste processing. These topics will be included as part of the curriculum for NEP 521.

Course material will be presented at a level suitable for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Emphasis will be given to problem solving and practical applications.

Text: Modern Nuclear Chemistry, W. Loveland, D. J. Morrissey and G. T. Seaborg, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2006.