Nuclear Chemistry

Who we are – What we do


The Nuclear Chemistry division was founded in 1956 and focuses on the advancement of nuclear-, radio-, and radiation chemistry as well as the support of students, engineers and scientists working in these fields. A special priority is the spread of information about new results and applications. 

The following platforms and activities foster the sharing of ideas and experiences and stimulate professional exchange:

  • Conferences and workshops
  • Working groups dedicated to specialized scientific or technical topics
  • Active engagement in shaping the scientific program of the GDCh
  • Publications and monographs in the field of nuclear-, radio- and radiation chemistry
  • Courses on safe handling of radioactive materials
  • Connections to committees, associations and organizations in related areas in Germany and abroad 

An important aspect is the promotion and securing of sufficient research-, teaching- and training capacities in nuclear-, radio- and radiation chemistry. 
Contact list for teaching and training in nuclear chemistry in the German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) (pdf)

Key Areas

The Nuclear Chemistry division of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) represents scientists and engineers who handle radioactive materials and ionizing radiation in their work and use these in research, industry, medicine and teaching. Their work can be summarized in the following key areas: 

Fundamental Research

- Chemistry of the heaviest elements
- Actinide chemistry
- Cosmochemistry
- Radioanalytics

Health and Environment

- Nuclear chemistry in the life sciences (radiopharmacy)
- Isotope geochemistry
- Radiation protection and radioecology
- Nuclear forensics


- Actinide recycling
- Nuclear waste repository research
- Reactor chemistry
- Tritium chemistry 

Teaching, Training and Maintaining Competency

Executive Board

The executive board consists of a chair, a deputy and up to five further board members. Universities, industry and research centers ought to be represented in the board. An advisory committee, which also includes student members, supports the executive board.



Fritz Straßmann Prize

The division’s Fritz Straßmann Prize is awarded to personalities who have performed excellent work in the field of nuclear chemistry. 

Doctoral Thesis Award

The division’s Doctoral Thesis Award honors outstanding doctoral theses performed in the field of nuclear chemistry and is typically awarded every two years. 



Division’s Booklet

The main aspects of the division’s key areas are described in the booklet “Research & Perspectives” - updated: January 2018; in german. The printed booklet can be ordered via email to


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