Nuclear & Radiochemistry: A unique combination of skills necessary for the future
In the days when radioactivity was just beginning to be understood and even the existence of the nucleus was uncertain, the leading scientists used their knowledge of both chemistry and physics to unravel the puzzles of atomic and nuclear structure. The amount of information discovered in the past 100 years colloquially ascribed to chemistry and physics has grown dramatically. These days scientific training in the two fields has become quite distinct. However, many significant and challenging problems require crossdisciplinary skills and teamwork to solve.
Nuclear and Radiochemistry programs continue to define the leading edge of physics, chemistry, and even biology and medicine and they are critical for the national interests.