Chemistry - Branches


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  • The following table illustrates the branches of chemistry −

Branch Sub-branch Definition
Physical Chemistry Physical Chemistry Study of the physical properties of molecules
Chemical Kinetics Study of the rates of chemical reactions
Electrochemistry Study of the interaction of atoms, molecules, ions, and electric current (i.e. electron transfer between the electrode and the electrolyte or species)
Surface chemistry study of chemical reactions at surfaces (of substances)
Thermochemistry Study the relation between the chemical action and the amount of heat absorbed
Quantum Chemistry Study of application of quantum mechanics in physical models
Spectroscopy Study of spectra of light or radiation
Photochemistry study of the chemical effects caused by light
Organic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Study of structure, properties, and preparation of the chemical (carbon) compounds (e.g. fuels, plastics, food additives, and drugs)
Stereochemistry Study of the relative spatial arrangement of atoms (in molecules)
Physical organic chemistry study of structure and reactivity (interrelationship) in organic molecules
Polymer Chemistry Study of polymer molecules (composition and creation)
Organometallic Chemistry Study of chemicals that contain bonds (especially between a carbon and a metal)
Medicinal chemistry Study of designing, developing, and synthesizing the drugs & medicines
Inorganic chemistry Inorganic chemistry Study of all materials that are not organic (such as minerals, metals, catalysts, crystal structures, etc.)
Organometallic Chemistry Study of chemical compounds containing bonds (especially between carbon and metal)
Solid-state Chemistry Study of chemical compounds that contains bonds between carbon and metal
Nuclear Chemistry Study of radioactive substances
Geochemistry Study of chemical composition the earth (e.g. rocks, minerals & atmosphere)
Bioinorganic Chemistry Study of interactions between metal ions and living tissue
Coordination Chemistry
Biochemistry Biochemistry Study of chemical reaction (and changes) in living beings
Molecular Biochemistry Study of Biomolecules along with their functions
Clinical Biochemistry Study of chemical changes in living beings, caused by caused by different diseases
Molecular Biology Study of the different types of DNA, RNA, and protein biosynthesis (and their relationships)
Agricultural biochemistry Study of chemistry of fauna (i.e. plants)
Analytical Chemistry Study of standardized experimental methods in chemistry (i.e. quantitative determination of chemical properties of a substance)
Astrochemistry Study of the reactions of chemical elements and molecules found in the universe
Cosmochemistry Study of the chemical composition of the matters found in the universe
Environmental chemistry Study of chemical and biochemical phenomena that occur in the environment


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