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The teaching of Nuclear Chemistry to chemistry students began in 1958 under the initiative of Prof. István Kiss. First it was taught in the 7th semester (out of 10) on a facultative basis (lecture: 1 hour, tutorial: 2 hours per week).

Since the academic year 1960-61 every chemistry student has attended some Nuclear Chemistry seminars within the framework of Physical Chemistry education.

Since the academic year 1967-68 chemistry students have had Nuclear Chemistry lectures and laboratory practice on a regular basis. The lecture is in the 5th semester (2 hours a week) and the lab is in the 6th (4 hours every other week).

Since 1990 the students can choose from alternative series of lectures, one in English and another in Hungarian.

There are also optional labs in Nuclear Chemistry as well as optional lectures on Nuclear Spectroscopies in the 7th and 8th semester.

Together with the Central Physical Institute of the HAS the Department organizes postgradual courses in Radiation Protection. The highest-level course consists of 28 hours of "leveling" lectures in nuclear sciences (the students' backgrounds range from medicine to nuclear physics) as well as 56 hours of lectures and 56 hours of lab in radiation protection.

The Department also takes part in the teaching of engineering physics students. We teach them Computer Science in the 1st semester and nuclear methods in the 7th and 8th semesters. Engineering physics students, by the way, take their 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th semesters at ELTE, Budapest, and the 3rd through 6th at Miskolc University, Miskolc. It is their choice where they want to finish the 9th and 10th semesters.

On various occasions our colleagues also had the opportunity to teach General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry at Drexel University, Philadelphia, as well as Nuclear Techniques in Structural Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.


Department of Nuclear Chemistry | Institute of Chemistry | Faculty of Science | ELTE
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Last update: 15-02-2005