Date of Award


Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science






It is a well-known fact that water, when subjected to ionizing radiation such as x-ray or gamma radiation, undergoes a decomposition. The generally accepted decomposition, although complex, may be represented by (1): It is also accepted that "when dilate solutions are irradiated, practically all the energy absorbed is deposited in water molecules and the observed chemical changes are brought about indirectly via the molecular and, particularly, the radical products. Direct action due to energy deposited in the solute is generally unimportant in dilute solutions (i.e at solute concentration below about 0.1M)” (3). Realizing that iodine is an excellent radical scavenger (3), and can undergo several reactions with primary and secondary products, it is not unreasonable to expect some change in the iodine concentration of a saturated aqueous iodine solution upon exposure to ionizing radiation. The problem investigated, was the effect of Co - 60 gamma radiation on saturated aqueous solutions of iodine.