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Faculty with a focus in Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry can be defined as the chemistry of all the elements in the Periodic Table, excluding the chemistry of the compounds of carbon which contain elements such as hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen, and in which carbon is bonded to itself. Thus carbon dioxide, CO2, is inorganic, but acetic acid, C2H4O2, is organic. Included in this definition are the simplest possible materials, such as helium and hydrogen gas, as well as very complex solid materials, such as concrete and zeolites.

Inorganic chemists synthesize new materials and use the tools of physical chemistry to understand their three-dimensional structure and chemical reactivity, which in turn leads to applications in the real world.

A variety of important specialty areas are included in Inorganic Chemistry, such as Organometallic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, and Solid State Chemistry.

Faculty with a focus in Inorganic Chemistry include the following (explanation of the symbols, *, §, ‡ are listed below):

Edward R. Birnbaum, Ph.D. (Emeritus) 

  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Lanthanide Chemistry
  • Calcium-Binding Peptides and Proteins

Nathan M. West, Ph.D.

  • Organometallic transformations of the transition metals
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Green chemistry

Research Advising Ability

§ May serve as a research advisor for undergraduate students
* Research Professors from other departments who may serve as research advisors for graduate students in their appropriate area of expertise
May serve as a research advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students
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