Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the interaction of elements and their compounds. Its primary concern is how the composition, structure, properties and behaviour of atoms and molecules affect the way compounds react. The most common procedure in chemistry is analysing the reactions of chemicals with other chemicals (or substances and materials) when they are mixed, concentrated, diluted, distilled, heated or placed under electrolysis.
Chemistry is the central interdisciplinary science in that it intersects both physics and biology. Chemists therefore have to be familiar with many disciplines.
There are five main types of chemistry:
- Organic Chemistry - The study of carbon and its compounds, which is the most chemically versatile element.
- Biochemistry - The study of chemical processes that occur inside living organisms, such as how cells metabolise.
- Inorganic Chemistry - The study of compounds which do not contain a carbon bond, most commonly metals, and mining minerals and ores.
- Analytical Chemistry - The study of the chemistry of matter and the development of tools used to measure properties of matter.
- Physical Chemistry - The branch of chemistry that applies physics to the study of chemistry, such as thermodynamics and quantum mechanics to better understand and predict chemical reactions.
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Chemists are often required to testify in environmental cases, medical science, illegal drug prosecutions, doping in sports, consumer law through product safety, criminal cases to do with poisoning and collecting DNA evidence, and helping to adjudicate on manufacturing patents. These experts can give their professional opinion on whether negligence contributed to a particular incident.
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Leading the chemical safety landscape
At a recent the summit of the American Chemical Society, a group of stakeholders met to delve more deeply into the connections between ACS strategy and key chemical safety issues.
Australian government policy for the chemical industry
Chemistry Australia has developed policy position statements in a number of areas (energy, gas, climate change, regulation, tax, trade) that reflect the collective priorities and views of the chemical industry. These statements set out core principles and our recommended approach for implementation.
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Chemical experts provided opinion on their interpretation of a patent. They had to distinguish the background material which they considered to be basic knowledge in their field from the application of their own particular knowledge relating to the patent.
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