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The Division of Inorganic Chemistry represents a diverse body of scientists who come together to understand and promote the richness of the chemistry of the elements. Molecular biologists, materials scientists, and many types of chemists are members of this division. Due to the diversity of interests among our members, four subdivisions are available for membership in addition to the general membership in the Division.
The Division has several responsibilities: the development and coordination of programming of interest to our members at national meerings; continuing improvement in the education of current and future chemists in the beauty of inorganic chemistry and the value of chemistry in general; representation of our members’ interests to the ACS through the election of Councilors and other positions; and maintaining the fiscal health of the Division to support all other activities. The Division usually has one of the largest technical programs at the national meetings.
The goals of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry
- To advance the science of Inorganic Chemistry.
- To provide an organization within which close contact among chemists interested in Inorganic Chemistry can be maintained.
- To arrange programs dealing with Inorganic Chemistry for the National Meetings of the ACS.
- To organize and conduct symposia on special topics in Inorganic Chemistry at times and places designated by the Executive Committee of the DIC.
- To promote the teaching of Inorganic Chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Areas of chemistry in which the Division’s activities are focused:
- Organometallic Chemistry. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of main group, transition metal, and rare earth organometallic compounds, and the applications of such compounds in organic synthesis, inorganic synthesis, and catalysis.
- Bioinorganic Chemistry. Includes all aspects of the chemistry of the metallic elements and small inorganic molecules in biological systems.
- Solid-State and Materials Chemistry. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and physical and chemical properties of solids that contain metallic and/or main group elements.
- Coordination Chemistry. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and physical and chemical properties of classical coordination compounds.
- Nanoscience. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and physical and chemical properties of nanostructured materials (inorganic nanocrystals, inorganic-organic hybrid materials etc.).
History of the founding of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry
See: A History of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society by John C. Bailar, Jr. in Journal of Chemical Education, volume 66, number 7, July 1989, pages 537-545 (DOI: 10.1021/ed066p537).
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