Nuclear chemistry is the study of the nucleus and its properties, as applied to the chemical sciences. Investigators in this field probe the chemistry of radioactive elements and discover new uses for their radiation. At Cornell, researchers are exploring the application of radioelements in nuclear medicine to both diagnose and treat disease.

Research in this field uses radiation-detection techniques like gamma spectroscopy and liquid scintillation counting, coupled to conventional synthetic methods to prepare radioactive complexes for biological evaluation.