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KBT221 - Radiopharmaceutical chemistry  
Radiofarmaceutisk kemi
Syllabus adopted 2020-05-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics

The course round is cancelled. For further questions, please contact the director of studies MPMCN: MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, contact information can be found here

Teaching language: English
Application code: 30122
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Minimum participants: 8
Maximum participants: 25

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Laboratory 2,5c Grading: UG   2,5c    
0215 Examination 5,0c Grading: TH   5,0c    

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic Chemistry (University level), Inorganic chemistry, Nuclear chemistry


The overall aim of the course is to provide understanding on the use of radioactive nuclides in nuclear medicine; the use of radionuclides for diagnosis and therapy; the production and properties of radionuclides used for medical purposes; the synthesis of radiolabeled compounds; production and test of radiopharmaceuticals and practical labeling work along with study visits in relevant environment (pharmaceutical company and hospital). The level of understanding should be such that the students in their profession as engineers should be able to participate in discussions regarding the choice of a radionuclide to be used in medical applications as well as the purification and labeling work and further to ensure the quality control necessary for the next step in licensing of a drug or application.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe the basics of radioactive nuclides in nuclear medicine.

  • Describe and exemplify radionuclides for diagnosis and therapy.
  • Describe and exemplify production and properties of radionuclides used for medical purposes.
  • Describe and practically and theoretically exemplify the synthesis of radiolabeled compounds.
  • Describe the basics of production and test of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Carry-out hands-on laboratory work for practical labeling work.


The course comprises on interaction of radiation with matter, microdosimetry, radionuclide production, radionuclide generators, design of a radiopharmacy lab, how to work in a radiopharmacy lab, radiolabeling, quality control, factors which affect the integrity of radiopharmaceuticals, legislation, practical issues (documentation, labeling, transport, etc), waste management in radiopharmacy, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and metabolism of radiopharmaceuticals, diagnostic and therapeutic applications, PET and heavy ion therapy.


The course consists of a series of lectures, two laboratory projects in collaboration with GU and Sahlgrenska as well as a study visit to the pharmaceutical research facility of the company AstraZeneca, Mölndal.

For fewer participants in the course than 8, it will be given in a different format. The number of lectures is reduced, but consultation sessions and on-line seminars are given. Laboratory exercises will be limited depending on the number of participants.


Charles B. Sampson “Textbook of Radiopharmacy – Theory and Practice, 2nd enlarged edition”, Gordon and Breach Publishers, or other editions as well.
Gopal B. Saha, Fundamentals of Nuclear Pharmacy, Fifth edition, ISBN 0-387-40360-4, Springer.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is based on a written exam in two parts (questions and calculations) and approved oral or written presentation of the two laboratory events.

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