PRISMAP Summer School: Radiolanthanides


Overview of the Summer School

The Summer School will cover the field of radiolanthanides from the general properties of the lanthanide elements, to the production, purification and medical applications of radiolanthanides. The lanthanide elements have very similar chemical properties with only small differences through the series; their radioactive isotopes offer a wide range of half-lives combined with all possible types of radioactive decays, making them stand out in the radionuclide chart as excellent candidates for theranostic applications. However, their chemical similarities give rise to challenges when it comes to separating them from one another. In this course, the participants will discover a series of radiolanthanides and learn how to perform some challenging separation processes.


Target audience

PhD students, postdocs, junior scientists or technicians interested in radiolanthanides for medical applications.

Required knowledge

The course targets participants who have an interest in radiolanthanide production and separation techniques. No previous experience with radioisotope purification or radiolabeling techniques is required, but basic knowledge about radiation and daily laboratory practices will be encouraged.

Learning outcomes

  • The participants will gain knowledge about the radiolanthanides.
  • They will become familiar with chromatography separation techniques for inorganic elements.
  • They will discover a radiolanthanide portfolio with their associated radiochemical properties and medical applications.
  • They will receive hands on experience with all the steps of radiolanthanide purification, from opening and dissolving an irradiated target to sample purity determination after purification and molar activity determination.
  • They will be trained in radiolabelling techniques and the chelation of radiolanthanides.


The summer school is free of charge.


Registration is closed.

In order to provide a good training experience to everyone during the laboratory exercises, we decided to limit the number of participants to 9 people.

The organizing committee will select the applicants and inform them about the decision by 5 April 2023.

Selection criteria:

  • Potential impact of the attendance on the scientific career of the PhD Student / Postdoc
  • Educational, geographic and gender diversity.


Accommodation needs to be booked by the participants. We recommend: The Scandic hotel, not far from Roskilde station, access to Risø building 202 by 15 minutes bus ride with line 600S (stop “Roskilde station Sygehuset”, 3-4 busses per hour) + 15 minutes walking.


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8—11 May 2023
Jointly hosted by Denmark Technical University-Hevesy Laboratory and Paul Scherrer Institute
DTU Risø Campus — Roskilde – Denmark
Language: English
Free of charge
Registration deadline: 1 April 2023

The course will provide theoretical classes, which include:

  • Nuclear physics basics
  • Lanthanide elements, radiolanthanides
  • Radionuclide separation techniques, chromatography
  • Cyclotron and reactor production of radiolanthanides
  • Purification of radiolanthanides
  • Applications of radiolanthanides

It will also provide on-site practical training, which includes:

  • Identification of radioisotopes by X-ray and gamma spectroscopy
  • Preparation of a target and handling of an irradiated target
  • Separation procedure design from KD values
  • Separation and purification of radioisotopes from target material
  • Radiolabeling techniques
  • Molar activity determination

The Organizing Committee involves the following members:

  • Mikael Jensen (DTU)
  • Claire Deville (DTU)
  • Kristina Søborg Pedersen (DTU)
  • Clive Naidoo (DTU)
  • Trine Borre (DTU)
  • Zeynep Talip (PSI)
  • Cristina Müller (PSI)
  • Nicholas Philip van der Meulen (PSI)