Nuclear Chemistry

Nuclear Chemistry is the study of nuclear reactions and their uses in the field of Chemistry. This branch of chemistry began with the discovery of natural radioactivity by Antoine Becquerel and grew with the subsequent research of Pierre and Marie Curie.

Nuclear Chemistry contributes to various aspects of our society.

  • Radioactive elements are used extensively in medicine as diagnostic and treatment tools for certain diseases.
  • It allows the identification of the date of origin of pieces of historical interest.
  • Nuclear reactions allow the generation of electricity.
  • Tracking of atoms in biological systems.

However, nuclear chemistry is increasingly controversial today. Opposition to the use of nuclear energy in the manufacture of atomic bombs, distrust in the safety of nuclear power plants, and disposal of radioactive waste are an ongoing debate in society.

Articles on the properties of matter