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Chemistry, a physical science, explores and seeks to explain the science of matter; the study of the composition, forms, behavior, structure, and properties of matter and how it undergoes changes during chemical reactions. There are many sub-disciplines in chemistry, grouped by the type of matter being researched. Traditional sub-disciplines are:

  • Inorganic chemistry – study of mineral, not biological substances.
  • Organic chemistry – study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation (synthesis and other reactions) of carbon-based compounds, hydrocarbons, and derivatives.
  • Biochemistry – study of substances and matter found in living (biological) organisms.
  • Physical chemistry – study of chemical systems by applying the principles and concepts of physics, such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, motion, energy, force, etc.
  • Analytical chemistry – study of material samples in order to understand chemical composition; separation, identification and quantification of chemical components are the underlying methods of discovery.
  • Materials chemistry – the preparation, characterization, and understanding of substances; this sub-discipline integrates all classical chemistry research elements.
  • Nuclear chemistry – study of how subatomic particles come together and make nuclei.

General Content

Organic Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry (2012) (Video, 55 min.) – Overview of organic chemistry by Dr. Susan Meschwitz of Salve Regina University. Presented at the 2012 Science Boot Camp for Librarians.
  • Berry Phytochemicals and Diseases of Aging (2012) (Video, 72 min.) – Dr. Catherine Neto of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth presents an example of organic chemistry research: her work on studying the effects of phytochemicals found in berries on diseases of aging. Presented at the 2012 Science Boot Camp for Librarians.

Analytical Chemistry