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25 Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry

Includes the analysis, synthesis, and use inorganic and organic compounds; combustion theory; electrochemistry; and photochemistry. For related information see category 34 Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics. For astrochemistry see category 90 Astrophysics.

Definition

Inorganic Chemistry – The study of the composition, properties, structure, and reactions of the chemical elements and all their compounds with the exception of hydrocarbons and their derivatives. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Organic Chemistry – The study of the composition, properties, structure, and reactions of carbon-based compounds, specifically hydrocarbons and their derivatives and normally excluding carbon oxides, metallic carbonates, carbides, and carbon-sulfur and carbon-nitrogen compounds. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Physical Chemistry – The application of the laws, principles, and techniques of physics to the study of chemical properties, transformations, and reactions. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Chemistry of elements and compounds characteristic of NASA's aerospace, planetary, and astronomical interests; combustion theory and processes of direct relevance to aircraft, launch vehicle, and spacecraft materials and propulsion; and low pressure and vacuum reactions.

Negative Interest : Chemical research of elements, processes, and compounds that do not have possible aerospace applications.

 

Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • alkali metal vapors
  • analytical chemistry
  • catalysts (chemical)
  • chemical analysis
  • chemical engineering
  • chemiluminescence
  • chemistry of compounds
  • chemistry of elements
  • chromatography (application)
  • combustion chemistry
  • combustion kinetics
  • combustion physics
  • combustion processes
  • combustion theory
  • detonation processes
  • electrochemical processes
  • electrochemistry
  • electrophoresis
  • ferromagnetic resonance
  • flame studies
  • flammability
  • gas absorption
  • gaseous reactions
  • gas-solid reactions
  • gas-surface interactions
  • gas-surface reactions
  • ignition studies
  • infrared gas analysis
  • inorganic chemistry
  • low pressure chemistry
  • luminescence (chemistry)
  • mass spectroscopy (application)
  • organic chemistry
  • organometallic materials
  • osmosis (chemistry)
  • photochemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • polarography (application)
  • pyrolysis
  • radiation chemistry
  • spectrophotometry (application)
  • spectroscopic chemical analysis (application)
  • thermochemistry
  • vacuum chemistry