The term inorganic chemistry originally described the chemistry of things that were not derived from living things such as minerals and ores, and organic chemistry referred to the chemistry of life (i.e. carbon based compounds). But the definition of inorganic chemistry has become more encompassing especially since biological systems need metals for survival. This field of study can be divided into 5 major subdivisions: Organometallic(carbon atoms bonded to metals), Bioinorganic (metals in biology), SolidState/Materials(polymers, alloys, superconductors, etc.), Coordination Chemistry, and Main Group chemistry. Although there are many areas that overlap with these disciplines, at the heart of inorganic chemistry is the study of the structure and bonding of the elements and their compounds through trends in reactivity and properties.
|Melissa L. Golden, Ph.D.||Associate Professor||Inorganic|
|Saeed Attar, Ph.D.||Professor||Organometallic|
The inorganic chemistry faculty is responsible for teaching the following departmental courses as well as general chemistry courses.
|Course Number||Course Name|
|CHEM 123||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry|
|CHEM 124||Synthesis and Characterization|
|CHEM 220||Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry|
|CHEM 222||Advances in Inorganic Chemistry|