Radiochemistry Division

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Radiochemistry Division

Radiochemistry is broadly defined to include any aspect of chemistry involving the measurement and application of radioactive isotopes. The Radiochemistry Division of RACI was set up to provide a networking support for scientists working in the Radiochemistry field in Australia.

If you are already a RACI member then to register your interest, or for further information, please contact Sandra Sdraulig

About the Division

The Radiochemistry division of the RACI comes from a diverse background and represents a wide group of interests in Radioanalytical chemistry. The division was established in November 2011 and Our Mission is to provide opportunities for National Members of the RACI with interests in Radiochemistry to develop their knowledge and skills.

Past Events

Alpha Spectrometry Course

Radiochemistry Division members expressed an interest in improving their alpha spectrometry skills and broadening their understanding of the separation chemistry, source preparation and instrumentation nuances. The Division has engaged Dr Nora Vajda of Rad Anal Ltd located in Hungary to facilitate this course. Dr Vajda is an expert in alpha spectrometry and highly regarded in the field of environmental radiochemistry. She regards the technique of alpha spectrometry as one of the most fascinating and demanding fields in radiochemistry.

The course was run in Cronulla, Sydney, Australia on 7-10 December 2015, with the fourth day including hands-on laboratory work.

Dosimetry Course

The Radiochemistry Division is divided into medical, environmental, industry and academic fields. What we all have in common is the use of radioactive material and therefore the use of dosimetry. The Division provided a dosimetry course in Sydney Australia in August 2015 in conjunction with the ANZSNM.

RACI National Congress 2014

In an effort to highlight the importance and utility of radiochemistry to a broader audience the Radiochemistry Division participated in the 2014 National Congress. In addition to a dedicated radiochemistry session as part of the Chemistry In Health symposium, radiochemistry focused talks were spread over the entire day with the previous aim in mind. There are many parallels between radiochemistry and other aspects of the symposium. In particular, important human disease targets, methodologies and techniques.

Our nominated keynote speaker, Dr Neil Vasdev from MGH-Harvard (Boston, USA), accepted the position. The team that planned the one-day symposium consists of Dr Nigel Lengkeek (ANSTO), Dr Benjamin Fraser (ANSTO), Dr Tien Pham (ANSTO), A-Prof. Lou Rendina (USyd) and A-Prof. Ron Clarke (USyd).

The Committee



Sandra Sdraulig


Immediate Past Chair
Megan Cook
Radiation and Nuclear Sciences, Queensland Department of Health

Benjamin Fraser

Nigel Lengkeek

General Committee members

Peter Medley

Joseph Bevitt

Zlata Ivanov

Gemma Maguire
Queensland Health

Melissa Latter
Queensland Health

Timothy Payne

Tien Phan

Madassar Qureshi
Western Radiation Services

Sandra Sdraulig

Rachel Popelka-Filcoff
Flinders University

Scope of activities

Promote training and education in Radiochemistry

  • By organising specific training courses of interest to members;
  • By advocating the teaching of Radiochemistry at tertiary institutions;
  • By contributing to the teaching and training of Radiochemistry topics.

Provide a forum for scientific discussions relating to

  • The measurement of radioisotopes including the alpha, beta and gamma spectrometry analytical methods,
  • Neutron Activation, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry and other radioactivity measurement instrumentations
  • The application of radioisotopes in environmental, medical, industrial and other research fields
  • Environmental issues arising from radioisotopes during production, utilization and waste management
  • Major current events in which those in the Radiochemistry field can contribute to the scientific community and the general public
  • Quality and Occupational health and safety related topics in the field of Radiochemistry.

The Radiochemistry Division now has a website, open to the general public. If you would like to discuss any aspects of radiochemistry, have any questions, events or anything at all radiochemistry related please share it with us.

The Radiochemistry Division will assist members to

  • Support networking of experts and those newly trained in the Radiochemistry field by providing a friendly and supportive forum for communication
  • Engage with analysts and researchers to gain a better understanding of each other’s fields and needs
  • Disseminate information to the wider scientific community and general public about the role of radiochemistry in the community

Radiochemistry Division Committee Meetings

Radiochemistry Division committee meetings are held on an approximately quarterly basis via Teleconference. All division members are welcome to attend. Please contact the division secretary for details of our next meeting if you would like to join us - Teleconference details can be accessed via the 'RadChem - Teleconference Access' PDF on this page.

Further Information