What is inorganic chemistry?

  • (noun): The chemistry of compounds that do not contain hydrocarbon radicals.

Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry is the study of the synthesis and behavior of inorganic and organometallic compounds. This field covers all chemical compounds except the myriad organic compounds (carbon based compounds, usually containing C-H bonds), which are the subjects of organic chemistry. The distinction between the two disciplines is far from absolute, and there is much overlap, most importantly in the sub-discipline of organometallic chemistry. It has applications in every aspect of the chemical industry–including catalysis, materials science, pigments, surfactants, coatings, medicine, fuel, and agriculture.

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Some articles on inorganic chemistry:

Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry
... Although some inorganic species can be obtained in pure form from nature, most are synthesized in chemical plants and in the laboratory ... Inorganic synthetic methods can be classified roughly according the volatility or solubility of the component reactants ... Soluble inorganic compounds are prepared using methods of organic synthesis ...
Malcolm Green (chemist)
... Green (born 16 April 1936) is a British Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry ... In 1963 he became a Septcentenary Fellow of Inorganic Chemistry at Balliol College and a Departmental Demonstrator at the University of Oxford ... In 1989 he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford and Fellow of St Catherine’s College ...
Potassium Iodide - Structure, Production, Properties - Inorganic Chemistry
... Like other iodide salts, KI forms I3− when combined with elemental iodine ... KI(aq) + I2(s) → KI3(aq) Unlike I2, I3− salts can be highly water-soluble ...
Francis Patrick Dwyer - Professional Life
... studies Dwyer was appointed to the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the Sydney Technical College, where he held the post of Head Lecturer until 1946 ... were so stringent that Dwyer's award was the first D Sc in Chemistry awarded for nearly 20 years ... In 1946 Dwyer accepted a Senior Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sydney, a position he held until 1957 ...
David Garner - Academic Career
... He was then subsequently appointed as a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Manchester in 1968, and rose through the ranks to senior lecturer (1978), and finally appointed Professor of ... Garner was appointed as the Head of the School of Chemistry from 1988 to 1996, and served as a member of the University Court from 1995 to 1999, and as a member ... In 1998, Garner took up the post of Professor of Biological Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, a post which he held until his ...

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