Change in chemical potential energy from nuclear decay

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eg krypton-81 to bromine-81

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I have been amateur reading about beta decay. The example given for electron capture was krypton-81 into bromine-81. Going from a noble gas to a halogen gives rise to a big change in chemical potential energy. How is this energy accounted for in the equations of the reactant particles and nuclear binding energy? Sorry if this is a dumb question but I am interested to know.
 

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Chemical bounds are of the order of 1 eV, they are negligible for nuclear transitions. If that level of precision is needed then isolated atoms are used for the definition.
 
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ok thanks
 

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