Inorganic Branch

Inorganic chemistry is the study of the properties and behaviour of inorganic compounds. It covers all chemical compounds except organic compounds.
Inorganic chemists study things such as crystal structures, minerals, metals, catalysts, and most elements in the Periodic Table.
Branches of inorganic chemistry include:
Bioinorganic chemistry
— the study of the interaction of metal ions with living tissue, mainly through their direct effect on enzyme activity.
Geochemistry
— the study of the chemical composition and changes in rocks, minerals, and atmosphere of the earth or a celestial body.
Nuclear chemistry
— the study of radioactive substances.
Organometallic chemistry
— the study of chemical compounds containing bonds between carbon and a metal.
Solid-state chemistry
— the study of the synthesis, structure, and properties of solid materials.

Chemists in this field focus on elements and compounds other than carbon or hydrocarbons. Simply put, inorganic chemistry covers all materials that are not organic and are termed as non-living substances – those compounds that do not contain a carbon hydrogen (C-H) bond.
Compounds studied by inorganic chemists include crystal structures, minerals, metals, catalysts, and most elements on the periodic table. An example is the strength of a power beam used to carry a specific weight or investigating how gold is formed in the earth.
Branches of inorganic chemistry include:
– Bioinorganic chemistry (study of role of metals in biology)
– Coordination chemistry (study of coordination compounds and interactions of ligands)
– Geochemistry (study of the earth’s chemical composition, rocks, minerals & atmosphere)
– Inorganic technology (synthesizing new inorganic compounds)
– Nuclear chemistry (study of radioactive substances)
– Organometallic chemistry (study of chemicals that contain bonds between a metal and carbon – overlaps into organic chemistry)
– Solid-state chemistry/materials chemistry (study of the forming, structure, and characteristics of solid phase materials)
– Synthetic inorganic chemistry (study of synthesizing chemicals)
– Industrial inorganic chemistry (study of materials used in manufacturing. E.g.: fertilizers)
Read up on more about inorganic chemistry below:
• Inorganic Chemistry – Definition, History, Applications and more
• Inorganic Chemistry and its many branches
• Inorganic Chemistry: Journals & Publications, Lecture Notes and Labs
• Careers in Inorganic Chemistry
• VIDEO: MIT – Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry
• VIDEO: Inorganic Chemistry Lectures

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