Inicio About the Admission Licentiateship Radiochemistry

Radiochemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies chemical reactions using techniques based on radioactivity.
Using radioactive isotopes can determine the mechanism of chemical reactions, studying the decay of radioactive reagents, or reaction intermediates.

Some applications

In Medicine

  • Radiotherapy uses ionizing radiation for therapeutic purposes. It is based on high doses of radiation to cancerous tumors, destroying or damaging them so they can not grow, spread or multiply.
  • Radiology aims at diagnosing disease, using images and data obtained by ionizing and non-ionizing.

In Biochemistry

By isotopic labeling (carbon-14) were determined metabolites many reactions of metabolic pathways.

In Archaeology and Geology

Due to the existence of natural radioactive isotopes in archaeological objects by radioactivity measurements, these can be dated (carbon-14 method).
In Geology, we can find out the age of the rocks through the study of some radioisotopes (potassium-40 0 uranium-235, for example).

Environmental Chemistry

It is of great importance to study the radioisotopes present in the environment (radiation pollution), both natural and artificially produced, and that elevated levels of these affecting both human health and the environment.