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News from the division

(more news on the Division of Nuclear and Radiochemistry Facebook Group)


January – Prof Fotini NOLI – new nominated DNRC member

Fotini Noli is a Professor for radiochemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Thessaloniki in 1994 and then spent a year as a Postdoc in the Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. During her studies, she spent periods of time as a research fellow in the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-Geel, IRMM), Belgium, and in the Nuclear Physics Institute, University of Frankfurt, Germany. 

Her research focuses on the following fields: 1) Investigation of the sorption properties of natural and synthetic materials for the removal of radionuclides from aqueous solutions, 2) Determination of natural radioactivity using gamma-ray spectroscopy, 3) Uranium and Radium determination using alpha-ray spectroscopy, 4) Studies on oxidation and corrosion of the metallic surfaces using: a) Nuclear and Atomic Techniques for Surface and Thin film Analysis and treatment and b) Potentiodynamic and Cyclovoltammetric Techniques, 5) Materials analysis by Neutron Activation Analysis, X-ray Fluorescence, Nuclear Reactions.

In DNRC, she replaces one of its founding members – Prof. Panagiotis Misaelides. Welcome on board, Fotini!


December – Pro memoria Hans Rudolf (Hansruedi) von Gunten (12.12.1928 – 7.12.2021)

Hansruedi von Gunten was the first full professor for Radiochemistry in Switzerland (University of Bern, 1971 – 1993). He studied chemistry at the University of Bern and finished his studies with a licence including an experimental study on complex iron compounds in 1954, followed by a doctoral thesis under Profs. W. Buser and F. Houtermanns which he finished 1956 – just before his successful ascent of Mt. Everest on May 24, 1956. His full “Pro memoria” is available here.

July – Call for nominations for Hevesy Medal Awards 2021 and 2022 

Nominations of candidates for the Hevesy Medal Awards 2021 and 2022 are widely solicited from the international community and may be initiated by individual colleagues or their institutes. The Call was just published online in JRNC and is available via a link Nominations including all materials must be received by the chairman of HMASP, Prof. Amares Chatt, on or before the 29th October 2021. 

The 2021 Hevesy Medal Award (HMA-2021) will be presented at the 19th Radiochemical Conference (RadChem-2022) scheduled to be held in Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic during 11-16th May 2022. The 2022 Hevesy Medal Award (HMA-2022) will be presented at the 7th Asia-Pacific Symposium On Radiochemistry (APSORC22) scheduled to be held in Koriyama/Fukushima, Japan during 12-16th September 2022.

June – RadChem 2022 conference announced

The 19th Radiochemical Conference – RadChem 2022, organised on behalf of the DNRC by the Czech Chemical Society, I. M. Marci Spectroscopic Society and the Czech Technical University – should take place on the 15th to 20th May 2022 in Mariáské Lázně (Czech Republic), as originally foreseen. It aims at maintaining the 60 year tradition of this conference series organised in the Czech Republic (or formerly in Czechoslovakia). The organisers strive to continue in the tradition of organising a fruitful and well attended platform for contacts between experts working in both basic and applied research in all aspects of nuclear- and radiochemistry.

The scope of the 19th Radiochemical Conference will cover most topics of the former meetings of this series including, but not limited to, chemistry of radioactive elements, radioanalytical methods, radiochemical separation methods and speciation techniques, environmental radioactivity (both natural and artificial), radioecology, application of radionuclides and ionising radiation in research and technology, radiation chemistry, chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle including the chemical problems in nuclear waste treatment and disposal, or education and training. The organisers are looking forward to further expansion of the session dealing with nuclear methods in medicine and radiopharmaceutical chemistry that has been very successful on the recent conferences. A call for abstracts will be issued in September 2021. For more details and updates keep visiting the RadChem web.


March – The NRC10 conference cancelled
We regret to inform that due to the pandemics situation the Radiochemistry Group at the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of the Division of Nuclear and Radiochemistry of EUChemS, decided to cancel the 10th Nuclear and Radiochemistry Conference in Brighton scheduled for 24th-28th August 2020. NRC10 will take place at the same venue in 2024, the exact dates to be announced later. The details will be published in the Conferences section of this web when available.

January – Prof Marko Štrok – new nominated DNRC member

Marko Štrok is heading Radiochemistry Laboratory at the Department of Environmental Sciences at Jožef Stefan Institute. He is also assistant professor at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. He finished his PhD in 2011 at the Jožef Stefan Postgraduate School on the subject of migration of critical radionuclides at the former uranium mine Žirovski vrh in Slovenia. He was awarded Ontario postdoctoral fellowship at Trent University in Peterborough Canada (2012-2013) where he worked on the research related to Hg isotope ratios in water samples.

His research focuses mainly on analytical radiochemistry of natural and artificial radionuclides by combining radiometric and mass spectrometric techniques and utilization of them for radioecology, environmental radioactivity, dose assessment, radiometric dating and application of radionuclides as environmental tracers. He is co-author of 33 peer-reviewed research articles, published in international journals. Welcome on board, Marko!


February – The NRC10 conference will be in Brighton in August 2020
The Radiochemistry Group at the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of the Division of Nuclear and Radiochemistry of EUChemS, will be hosting the 10th Nuclear and Radiochemistry Conference in Brighton from 24th-28th August 2020. Please notice that the venue has been changed from Manchester, as originally announced at NRC9 in Helsinki in 2016.

January – DNRC is now on Facebook and LinkedIn
We have launched a Facebook page and group and a LinkedIn group (check out the links!). We will use these to promote our Division on social media. Please join the groups, gives likes (or dislikes..), and help us add content. If you are arranging a workshop, seminar or conference related to DNRC we would greatly appreciate if it can be announced on our pages. Likewise with positions and scholarships, summer/winter schools, etc.


December – 2018 DNRC Annual Meeting Minutes and 2018 DNRC Activity Report on-line!
The 2018 DNRC Annual Meeting Minutes and the 2018 DNRC Activity Report are available on-line!

November – Prof Thomas Cardinaels – new nominated DNRC member
The Belgian chemical society (KVCV) nominated Prof Thomas Cardinaels of SCK•CEN ǀ Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), as a new DNRC member. Since 2015, Prof. Cardinaels has been a Guest Professor at KU Leuven in the Department of Chemistry, where he is in charge of the courses Nuclear and Radiochemistry. In the same year, he became head of the Radiochemistry group at SCK•CEN, which activities cover a broad discipline of radiochemical analyses, partitioning and conversion of minor actinides, and the synthesis of nuclear fuels. Recently, the research of the group is more and more focussing on the production of medical radioisotopes, and the development and synthesis of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. For more details, see his C.V. Welcome on board, Thomas!

September – DNRC Honorary Membership award and the Pro Meritis medal awared to Dr Tony Ware
The first of its kind DNRC Honorary Membership award together with the Pro Meritis medal were awarded to Dr Tony Ware during the 13th International Symposium on Nuclear and Environmental Radiochemical Analysis that took place on 17-20th September 2018, Jesus College, Cambridge UK. This particular award was in recognition of the supreme efforts Dr Ware provided in order to set up the Division of Nuclear and Radiochemistry of EuChemS. This came from the vision and drive he has always had to get all the radiochemists in Europe together under one banner, which has led to more and better cooperation across national boundaries. The award and the medal were presented by Prof Jan John, the Secretary of the DNRC.
The role Dr Tony Ware played in the establishment of DNRC is described in detail in the “History of the Division of Nuclear and Radiochemistry section of EuChemS”. More details on the award are available in the Honours section, the diploma can be viewed here. Full ERA13 symposium report is available here.


“DNRC Honorary Membership” award established
By the update of its Procedures and Practices the Annual Meeting of the DNRC established this new award. “DNRC Honorary Membership” is designed to honour a person of outstanding merits and long-lasting valuable services for DNRC. More details are available in the Honours section, full conditions in the DNRC Procedures and Practices.


New chairman elected
On August 29, 2016, Prof. Jon Petter Omtvedt was elected as a new chairman at the DNRC meeting that took place during the NRC9 conference in Helsinki.

Major update of the Division web
In connection with the transfer to the new EuChemS web, a major update of the DNRC pages was performed on July 31, 2015.


Newsletter No. 52
Nuclear and Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – 2016


Newsletter No. 51
Nuclear and Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – 2015

Newsletter No. 50
Nuclear and Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – December 2013

Newsletter No. 49
Nuclear and Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – December 2012

Newsletter No. 48
Nuclear and Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – November 2011

Newsletter No. 47
Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – June 2011

Newsletter No. 46
Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – December 2010

Older Newsletters at RSC Archives

Newsletter No. 1
The very first Radiochemistry in Europe Newsletter – August 1995