UNENE Chemistry Refresher 2013

Introduction –  for UNENE Course UN808 Reactor Chemistry and Corrosion Course

It is expected you know the material covered in this UNENE Chemistry Refresher for the UN808 course

Course development by Dr. W. Cook and Dr. D. Lister, UNB.  Delivered by Dr. Lister.


  • Format:     Two day compressed workshop containing lectures and hands-on sessions
  • Dates:        March 2 & 3, 2013  (Saturday and Sunday both)
  • Time:         9:00 a.m. start
  • Location:  Lecture Theatre, Durham College – Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, Ontario


The course reviews the basics of chemistry necessary for understanding how and why chemistry is controlled in nuclear reactors.  It is also a precursor to the Master’s course UN 808 – Reactor Chemistry and Corrosion – that is delivered in March and April of 2013. The level is roughly equivalent to that of a first year undergraduate chemistry class and the material is based on the text: Chemistry, the Central Science, Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay Jr. and Bruce E. Bursten.  Pearson Education Inc., 10th edition (2006).

There will be 15 lectures delivered over the two days of the course, covering: atoms, molecules and ions; stoichiometry; solutions; thermochemistry; electronic structure; periodic properties; bonding; gases; intermolecular forces; thermodynamics; solution properties; kinetics; equilibrium; acids and bases; electrochemistry. Straightforward problems will be set to enhance comprehension throughout the lectures.

Course textbook: Chemistry, the Central Science – 10th Edition, Pearson Education Inc. 2006, Brown, LeMay and Bursten.

Lecturers: Derek Lister and  William Cook


The course lectures are spilt into fifteen approximately 30-40 minute presentations. Following most of the lectures, time will be allowed for students to complete exercises on the material covered, with the help of the course instructor. The chemistry primer will be completed over a two-day period.

Lecture topics covered include:

  1. Atoms, molecules and ions
  2. Stoichiometry
  3. Solutions
  4. Thermochemistry
  5. Electronic structure
  6. Periodic properties of the elements
  7. Chemical bonding
  8. Gases
  9. Intermolecular forces
  10. Thermodynamics
  11. Properties of solutions
  12. Chemical kinetics
  13. Chemical equilibrium
  14. Acids and bases
  15. Electrochemistry

Chemistry Primer Exercises