Radiochemistry is the discipline dedicated to the study of the chemical and physical properties of radioactive elements. Radiochemists utilize both the radioactive and chemical characteristics of elements and compounds to address technical needs in many areas, including:

  • The speciation and behavior of containments in the environment
  • Radioactive waste treatment and disposal
  • Beneficial uses of radioactive materials throughout the medical profession

The field demands that professionals in this area have a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and applied aspects of radiochemistry that are well founded in basic sciences and mathematics.

The UNLV Radiochemistry program is committed to student research. The growing and expanding program has graduate students engaged in research paying an initial stipend of $24,000/year, including tuition, fees, and health insurance.

The RadChem program collaborates with several national and international laboratories including Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Nevada Site Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and others.

The program has over 7,500 square feet of radiochemistry laboratories capable of handling a range of activities. These facilities contain a host of experimental equipment for use in experiments:

  • Radionuclide counting facilities: Gamma detectors, alpha detectors, scintillation counter
  • Spectroscopy: Infrared, UV-Visible, Laser, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, Synchrotron (at national facilities)
  • X-ray diffraction: Powder, Single Crystal
  • Microscopy: Scanning, Tunneling
  • Analytical: ICP-Atomic Emission, ICP-Mass spectroscopy, Electrospray

UNLV is the ideal location for graduate radiochemistry research. The Radiochemistry Ph.D. program has numerous ties to national and international laboratories, providing opportunities for internships and travel. The program has the capability and expertise to perform experiments with radionuclides, and is close to the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain. Las Vegas offers all the opportunities of a 24-hour city and a range of outdoor activities, including world-class hiking and mountain biking.

The UNLV Radiochemistry program is a student driven, research intensive program that stresses the fundamental aspects of radiochemistry sciences. The curriculum and research opportunities provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of topics and experiences necessary to produce graduates who are ready to secure employment and participate in radiochemistry research.


Radiochemistry Curriculum

The Ph.D. program requires 60 credits of research and courses beyond the baccalaureate degree. Credit is required for four courses in nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, detectors, and laboratory. The remaining courses are based on students’ areas of interest and include laboratory research. Students are required to maintain a B average and show progress in their research.

To advance in the program, students must pass an oral exam about their general radiochemistry knowledge and an outside topic related to a specific radiochemistry topic.


Ken Czerwinski

Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/Radiochemistry
Ken Czerwinski
Office: MSM-HRC 313
Mail Code: 4009
Phone: 702-895-0501
Fax: 702-895-3094

Paul Forster

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/Radiochemistry
Paul Forster
Office: SEB 2139
Mail Code: 4003
Phone: 702-895-3753
Fax: 702-895-1907

Art Gelis

Associate Professor
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Office: MSM-HRC 248
Mail Code: 4003
Phone: 702-895-2640

Thomas Hartmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering/Radiochemistry
Office: MSM-HRC 231
Mail Code: 4009
Phone: 702-895-1934
Fax: 702-895-3094

David Hatchett

Executive Director of Research Infrastructure Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/Radiochemistry
David Hatchett
Office: SEB 2101
Mail Code: 4022
Phone: 702-895-3509
Fax: 702-895-4072

Wendee Johns

Academic Program Manager
Wendee Johns
Office: MSM-HRC 311
Mail Code: 4009
Phone: 702-895-1458
Fax: 702-895-1458

Eunja Kim

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy/Radiochemistry
Eunja Kim
Office: BPB 203
Mail Code: 4002
Phone: 702-895-1706
Fax: 702-895-0804

Daniel Koury

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/Radiochemistry
Office: MSM-HRC 243
Mail Code: 4009
Phone: 702-895-5540
Fax: 702-895-1907

Eswari Mariappan-Balasekaran

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/Radiochemistry
Office: MSM-HRC 309
Mail Code: 4009
Phone: 702-895-1457
Fax: 702-895-1907

Frederic Poineau

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/Radiochemistry
Frederic Poineau
Office: MSM-HRC 237
Mail Code: 4003
Phone: 702-895-5351
Fax: 702-895-3094



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