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8: Reaction and Physical Properties

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  • Organic synthesis using complexes and organometallic compounds, homogeneous catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry to elucidate biological reactions in which metals participate, and studying solid state properties such as solid state catalysis, conductivity, magnetism, optical properties are all important fields of applied inorganic chemistry. Basic inorganic chemistry, although previously less developed compared with organic chemistry, is now making fast progress and covers all elements. Construction of general theories of bonding, structure, and reaction covering molecules and solids is a major problem for the near future.

    Thumbnail: The discovery and characterization of the structure of ferrocene, \(\ce{Fe(C5H5)2}\) in the early 1950's, led to an explosion of interest in d-block metal carbon bonds and brought about development and the now flourishing study of organometallic chemistry. (CC BY; Karl Harrison 3DChem.com).

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