Inorganic chemists specialize in the research of inorganic compounds. They study the properties, reactivity, and behaviour of all chemical elements that are inorganic in nature. Inorganic compounds are those which are of non-biological origins and do not contain hydrocarbon radicals. Though inorganic chemistry is considered a discipline distinct from organic chemistry, these fields often overlap. Inorganic chemists study the chemical compounds, understand their properties and behaviour and determine how these compounds can be modified and used in industrial applications. Inorganic chemistry deals with the properties of chemicals at the molecular level, and chemists in this field analyze inorganic compounds to determine their physical and chemical properties, structure, compositions and reactivity. Techniques used for research include spectrophotometry, spectroscopy and chromatography. Inorganic chemists have to be highly creative individuals with an ability to think abstractly. They mostly work in the laboratory in active collaboration with physicists, engineers and material scientists to develop, and improvise industrial products. This field of chemistry has applications in all areas of the chemical industry including catalysts, pigments, surfactants, medicine, fuel, and materials science. Inorganic chemists work in government agencies, research institutions, industries, and universities. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous inorganic chemists.
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