Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Nuclear technologies contribute in many ways to the health, prosperity and security of both the developed and developing countries. The effective development of new nuclear technologies and the safe and economical maintenance of existing technologies both rely on a thorough understanding of the underlying physical and chemical processes.
The Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences (NAPC), located within the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA), is responsible for carrying out Agency activities to assist and advise Member States (MS) in assessing their needs for capacity building and research and development in the nuclear sciences, as well as in supporting the MS activities for deriving benefits in specific fields, including:
- Atomic, molecular and nuclear data
- Nuclear and radiation techniques, their applications and allied instrumentation
- Utilization of research reactors and particle accelerators
- Radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals
- Radiation processing applications
- Radiation technology and isotopic tracers for industrial processes
- Isotope hydrology and water resources management
- Nuclear fusion
The activities are organized into three Programmes, namely, Nuclear Science (NSP), Water Resources (WRP) and Radioisotopes Production and Radiation Technology (RRTP), and ten Subprogrammes and are carried out by a staff of approximately 50 persons. The activities under the Nuclear Science Programme address the requirements of both nuclear energy systems and non-power nuclear applications and are implemented in close coordination with the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE).