|An inorganic compound. Public domain image. SOURCE.|
The usual definition of an inorganic compound is that it does not contain carbon. Since there are exceptions to that rule (such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide), some define an inorganic compound as one that contains neither carbon and hydrogen. However, this is not to say there isn't overlap between organic and inorganic chemistry; for example, chemical bonding is the same in both fields, and catalysts can be organic or inorganic.
Inorganic chemicals react with each other in four major ways: through combination reactions (two or more reactants form one product), decomposition reactions (a compound breaks down into two or more elements), single displacement reactions (an atom or ion replaces the atom of another element), and double displacement reactions (also called metathesis reactions; this is when elements from two different compounds replace each other to form new compounds).
|Inorganic nitrogen dioxide. Public domain image. SOURCE.|
Paula Diaconescu obtained a B.S. from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and a Ph.D. in 2003 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where she worked on uranium complexes. She is currently part of the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.
Her research focuses on small molecule activation, organic synthesis, and the formation of polymers.
Do you think that if humans ever encountered life not based on carbon, the definition of "organic" would change?
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