Biological chemistry

Biological chemistry involves the scientific study of the chemical processes in organisms. This area deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules.

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Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry involves the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of all chemical compounds except for the compounds consisting primarily of carbon and hydrogen, which are the focus of organic chemistry. There is much overlap between organic and inorganic chemistry as in the subdiscipline of organometallic chemistry.

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Materials Chemistry

Materials Chemistry involves the scientific study including the history of a material (its processing) influences its structure, and thus the material's properties and performance. Materials chemists also design and discover new materials.

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Organic chemistry

We are increasingly able to manipulate and control the structure and behaviour of individual molecules and even atoms – nanotechnology. This opens up the exciting possibility of controlling the fundamental properties of materials such as colour, strength and electrical conductivity. Nanotechnology has the potential to be the next technological revolution, leading to huge advances in medicine, biotechnology, manufacturing and information technology.

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Physical & theoretical chemistry

Physical and theoretical chemistry involves the scientific study of macroscopic, microscopic, atomic, subatomic, and particulate phenomena in chemical systems by the application of physics. The discipline uses the principles, practices and concepts of thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics and kinetics.

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