Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stumpf

Director Institute of Resource Ecology
Phone: +49 351 260 3210

Porträt Dr. Mayordomo Herranz, Natalia; FWOG

Dr. Natalia Mayordomo Herranz
Phone: +49 351 260 2076

Lecture: Radioecology

The Radioecology lecture is part of the module "Umwelt- und Actinidenchemie" (Chem-Ma-M06). Lecture topics on environmental radioactivity deal with e.g. sources of radionuclides in the environment, factors influencing radionuclide migration and uptake in food chains and our ecosystems, sampling and pre-treatment of environmental samples, and radionuclide separation methods. In addition, examples on how radioecology is present in every-day life are given. A short outline of the course is given below.

Lecture content

Part I

Formation of Earth and the elements

Natural radioactivity

  • Primordial radionuclides
  • Cosmic radiation
  • NORM

Anthropogenic radionuclides

  • Sources
  • Fission products
  • Transuranium elements

Radionuclide transport pathways

  • Atmospheric deposition
  • Radionuclide uptake in plants
  • Radionuclide uptake in animals and humans – the food chains

Part II

Mobility of radionuclides in the environment

  • Radionuclide speciation in aqueous solution
  • Radionuclide interactions with interfaces
  • Formation of solid phases
  • Impact of microorganisms on radionuclide mobility in the environment

Part III

Environmental samples and their radiochemical separation methods

  • Special aspects of radionuclide chemistry
  • Collection and pretreatment of environmental samples

Separation methods

  • Precipitation
  • Ion exchange
  • Solvent extraction
  • Extraction chromatography

Measurement of environmental samples

  • Radioanalytical methods
  • Mass spectrometric methods

Radioecology in everyday life

  • Age determination
  • Environmental processes
  • Forensic science

Lecture notes

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2022 lecture notes

The lecture scripts of the last year (2022) are also available for further self-study.

  • Dr. N. Huittinen: Part 1 (13.8 MB)
  • Dr. N. Huittinen: Part 2 (16.1 MB)
  • Dr. N. Huittinen: Part 3 (10.1 MB)

Certificate of achievement

Master studies in Chemistry (MA-CH-MRBO 10) see Modul "Umwelt- und Actinidenchemie"
Other courses:

  • Certificate of participation with grading after oral examination or
  • Certificate of participation only.


winter semester


every Monday, starting on 10th of October, 3rd double period, 11:10 to 12:40 p.m.


Room CHE/182/P, Chemistry New Building, Bergstraße 66, 01069 Dresden, Germany


oral exam in February 2023

Course literature

  • Kratz, Lieser: "Nuclear and Radiochemistry"
  • Choppin, Rydberg, Liljenzin: "Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry"
  • Atwood: "Radionuclides in the Environment"
  • Poinssot, Geckeis: "Radionuclide behaviour in the natural environment"
  • Lehto, Hou: "Chemistry and Analysis of Radionuclides"


Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stumpf

Director Institute of Resource Ecology
Phone: +49 351 260 3210

Dr. Natalia Mayordomo Herranz
Phone: +49 351 260 2076