The Department of Chemistry at Drexel University offers graduate studies leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The program in nuclear and radiochemistry is primarily a research program integrated into the curriculum as part of the regular offerings in physical, analytical, environmental, and atmospheric chemistry. The department is capable of offering special topics courses in related areas, such as hot atom chemistry and radiation chemistry, when there is sufficient student interest. We regularly offer courses in basic radiochemistry, nuclear power, and radiochemistry laboratory.
Current research programs include an NSF-sponsored project for low level counting of radon and radon daughters in the atmosphere (Jack G. Kay, Ph.D., University of Kansas). Other studies of interest to Dr. Kay involve the hot atom chemistry of inorganic solids, particularly in the case of mixed crystals, and the hot atom reactions of metal ions produced by alpha decay in gases.
Dr. Herbert E. Allen (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974) is interested in the analytical and environmental applications of radiotracers.
Dr. Amar Nath (Ph.D., Moscow State University, 1961) conducts research involving hot atom chemistry and electronically excited isotopic exchange in solids using solid state techniques for electron and hole injection. He also uses Moessbauer spectroscopy to investigate the fragmentation of molecules following electron-capture decay of the central cobalt-57 atom and the associated loss of several electrons from the molecule. Dr. Nath is also interested in the application of emission Moessbauer spectroscopy to enzymatic reactions involving vitamin B12 and intermolecular dynamics in frozen solutions.
Financial aid in the form of teaching and research assistantships is available.
For additional information about graduate studies in radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry at Drexel University, please contact:
Dr. Jack G. Kay
Professor and Head, Dept of Chemistry
Philadelphia, PA 19104
PHONE: (215) 895-2638 ext. 39