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The Research Development Office (RDO) is hosting a half-day symposium surrounding radiochemistry research at the University of Iowa on Thursday, February 29 from 1:00-5:15 pm in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The goal of this symposium is to raise awareness of the breadth of radiochemistry research happening on campus and connect researchers to spur innovative interdisciplinary research, supported by a one-time interdisciplinary seed grant program.


  • Introduction: Radiochemistry at UI

    1:00-1:15 pm

    Through lightning talks, a panel discussion, and networking, connect with colleagues and contribute to shaping the future of radiochemistry education and research at the University of Iowa.

  • Session 1: Radiochemistry in Medicine

    1:15-2:00 pm (Lightning Talks)

    Radiochemistry is crucial in nuclear medicine, powering the development of targeted radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosing and treating various diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer's. It's a driving force behind the rapid growth of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans, with approved radiopharmaceuticals increasing from two to seventeen in the last 15 years. In cancer therapy, radiochemistry enables transformative approaches, delivering precise radiation therapy directly to tumors for individualized treatment.

  • Break and Networking

    2:00-2:30 pm

    Take a breather and connect with fellow participants during our networking breaks. Share insights, perspectives, and ideas sparked by the symposium's discussions.

  • Session 2: Radiochemistry in Energy

    2:30-3:15 pm (Lightning Talks)

    Radiochemistry is crucial in nuclear energy production, overseeing aspects like fuel enrichment, fabrication, and reprocessing. It plays a vital role in monitoring reactor operations for safety and efficiency, as well as managing nuclear waste through techniques such as transmutation and long-term storage. Essentially, radiochemistry is indispensable in the entire cycle of nuclear energy production, ensuring a sustainable and responsible use of nuclear power to meet global energy needs.

  • Break and Networking

    3:15-3:45 pm

    Take a breather and connect with fellow participants during our networking breaks. Share insights, perspectives, and ideas sparked by the symposium's discussions.

  • Session 3: Radiochemistry in the Environment and Public Health

    3:45-4:15 pm (Lightning Talks)

    At the crossroads of radiochemistry, public health, and environmental impact, research is advancing in areas such as exploring the health effects of low-dose radiation and understanding the behavior of radionuclides in environmental systems. The integration of precise measurement techniques, data science, and modeling is shaping a comprehensive approach to address radiation-related challenges with implications for both public health and environmental management.

  • Session 4: Radiochemistry at the University of Iowa

    4:15-5:15 pm (Structured Discussion/Networking)

    Join us for the culminating session of our Radiochemistry Symposium at the University of Iowa, where we'll weave together discussions on Radiochemistry in Medicine, Energy, and the Environment/Public Health. This networking opportunity invites dynamic conversations to chart the future of interdisciplinary collaboration, exploring practical applications and building collaborations beyond traditional academic boundaries.

Seed Funding

Collaborative research proposals were invited to support projects which integrate radiochemistry with other disciplines while promoting advancements in scientific knowledge, technology, and applications. Successful proposals may receive awards up to $45,000 for 18 months as part of the Seeding Excellence Initiative. Letters of Interest (LOIs) were due April 12 with full applications due June 14.

The LOI deadline for this opportunity closed on Friday, April 19, 2024.

Steering Committee

Meet the dynamic members of our Steering Committee for this symposium:

Radiochemistry at UI

The interdisciplinary radiochemistry research team at UI focuses their efforts on advancing the understanding of radioactive elements and developing innovative techniques in areas such as nuclear forensics, medical applications, and environmental monitoring. Committed to educating the next generation of radiochemists, they offer exciting opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in this dynamic field. Explore their nationally recognized program and contribute to the growing demand for skilled professionals in radiochemistry.

Target Audience

University of Iowa faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students.

Potential Funding Sources

Click below to view potential funding sources from Pivot (must be connected to UI network):


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