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CHE-361: Lecture Course Term Papers

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Topics for the term papers on nuclear chemistry, or closely related fields, can be selected from the following list or topic of your choice. Indicate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices, and submit via email to the Dr. Melissa Deri for approval no later than: Date indicated in syllabus

It is expected that every student will write on a different topic and that there will be little duplication with the subject matter of the lectures. Source information for the term papers can be found in the reference books located in the Bldg. 801 classroom, in the references cited in your textbooks, and in the numerous books and journals located in the various BNL and SUNYSB libraries and online journals. Another valuable resource is the internet, but these sources must be properly cited and used only in support of the primary technical sources listed above.

You will have about two weeks to read the relevant material, organize it, and prepare your paper. An outline of your paper is due by: Date indicated in syllabus.

Please turn your outline by email to the instructor Dr. Melissa Deri. The paper should be about 1500 words long plus references and perhaps a few figures. In parallel, a PowerPoint presentation should be prepared on the term paper topic.

Submit the final paper by email on the last Monday of the course. Then on the last Thursday of the course, each student will present a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation based on his/her term paper. These presentations will be made in the former Medical Department's large conference room (Bldg. 490) and will start at 8:30 AM.

Suggested Topics

  • Origin of the Elements
  • Nuclear Reactions in Astrophysics
  • Cosmic-Ray Induced Nuclear Reactions
  • Radionuclides in Meteorites and Moon Rocks
  • Production and use of Radionuclides for Biology and Medicine
    • Basis of designing radiopharmaceuticals
    • Methods of radiolabeling (inorganic and organic ligands)
    • Therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals (bone pain palliation, radiation synoviorthesis, targeted radiotherapy)
    • Radiolabeled nanoparticles in medicine in biology
    • Radioimmunoassay
    • Radioimmunotherapy
    • Quality control in radiopharmaceuticals
    • Radiotracers in plant science
  • Production of Medical Isotopes
    • Generators for nuclear medicine
    • Role of technetium in nuclear medicine
  • Activation Analysis
    • Neutron activation analysis (archaeology, environment)
    • Charged-particle activation analysis
  • Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Human Health
  • Nuclear Techniques in Forensic Science
  • Fission Reactors
    • Fuel fabrication (behavior of nuclear fuels, thermal/fast)
    • Waste processing and management
    • Water chemistry in reactor design
  • Fusion Reactors (design and challenges)
  • Actinides
    • Actinide spectroscopy (electronic states, optical properties)
    • Coordination chemistry
    • Complexation behavior with inorganic and organic ligands
    • Actinides in the environment
    • Biochemistry of actinides (nuclide-microbial interactions, bioremediation)
    • Transactinides (production, separation)
  • Neutron Activation Analysis
    • Applied in archaeology
    • Applied in environmental Studies
  • Production of Elements with Z > 100
  • Spontaneous Fission Decay
  • Spallation Reactions
  • Production and Use of Radioactive Beams
  • Accelerator Mass Spectrometry for Age Determination
  • Radionuclide Dating in Geology
  • Environmental Isotopes and Artificial Radioisotopes in Hydrology
    • Studying ground water salinisation, pollution, recharge, sediment transport, effluent dispersion
  • 14C Dating
  • Fission Track Dating
  • Charged-particle Activation Analysis
  • Mossbauer Spectroscopy (Mars Rover)
  • Nuclear Reactors in Nature
  • Applications of Radioisotopes and Radiation in Industries
    • Polymer modification
    • Radiation treatment
    • Applications of Radioisotopes in Process Optimization
    • Non-destructive testing-radiography, nucleonic gauging
  • Thermonuclear Power Sources

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