About Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry is the branch of chemistry concerned with the properties and behavior of inorganic compounds. Thus, this field covers all compounds containing all elements of the periodic table, except the classic carbon/hydrogen/nitrogen/oxygen-based organic compounds. While the distinction between, for example, organic, inorganic, materials, and environmental chemistry is becoming more and more blurred and interdisciplinary research programs have become the norm, the chemistry of the transition metals, of most solid materials, the reactions of most main group elements, the chemistry of organometallic compounds, as well as the chemistry of clusters remained classic inorganic focal areas. This is also reflected in the teaching of the inorganic division faculty members in the areas of descriptive inorganic, organometallic, bioinorganic, and main group chemistry, as well as in the analytical methods used in the study of inorganic compounds.

The inorganic faculty at UConn pursues a range of research interests that encompass several areas of modern inorganic chemistry, including transition metal, main group, structural, bioinorganic, organometallic, catalysis, solid state and materials chemistry. Solid-state catalysis and the characterization of ceramic materials is a particularly prominent research area at UConn, with ongoing activities involving catalyst synthesis and testing, battery and conductivity measurements, and work with composites. Other areas of particular strengths are in the development of metal-based drugs, the fundamental study of bioinorganic processes. Research activities in environmental remediation using inorganic catalysts, such as total oxidation and dehalogenation round the field of expertise.

Graduate students in the Inorganic Division are exposed to an exciting and broad research environment, and a breadth of synthetic and analytical methods, a wide range of elements and instrumentation. Our departmental colloquium series also features noted inorganic chemists. This training provides an excellent foundation for future careers in industry and academia.