Nuclear Chemistry

Who we are – What we do


The Nuclear Chemistry division, founded in 1956, sees its main task in the advancement of nuclear-, radio-, and radiation chemistry as well as the students, technicians and scientists working in this area. A special priority is the teaching about new results and applications.

Cultivating the exchange of ideas and experiences and mediating professional impulses take place through:

  • Work groups on scientific or technical handling of special areas
  • Cooperation in the scientific program of the GDCh
  • Publications and monographs in the field of nuclear-, radio- and radiation chemistry
  • Courses for conveying the safe handling with radioactive materials
  • Relations to committees, associations and organizations of 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 (pdf)

Focuses of Work

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

Fundamental Research

- Chemistry of the heaviest elements
- Actinide chemistry
- Cosmochemistry
- Radio-analysis

Health and Environment

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


- Actinide Recycling
- Permanent storage Research
- Reactor chemistry
- Tritium chemistry

Teaching, Training and Maintaining Competency

Executive Board

The executive board consists of a chair, vice chair and up to five (5) board members. Hereby the universities, industry and research centers ought to be represented. An advisory committee, in which student members are also involved, supports the executive board.


Awards and Honors

Fritz Straßmann Prize

By conferring the Fritz Straßmann Prize, the division honors personalities who have performed excellent work in the field of nuclear chemistry.

Doctoral Research Award

Especially excellent dissertations are honored generally every two years by the conferment of the Doctoral Research Award of the Nuclear Chemistry Division.


Position Paper

The contents and the importance of focal research work of the division are described in the position paper “Research & Perspectives” (state: January 2015). If desired, you may also obtain this position paper and an additional appendix, in which the individual focal points are elucidated, as a brochure (please inquire at:


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