Inorganic chemistry is traditionally defined as the chemistry of all elements. Modern inorganic chemistry encompasses a variety of sub-fields, including:
- Coordination - coordination complexes of transition metals.
- Organometallic - molecules with transition metal-carbon bonds.
- Main group - compounds of elements from Groups 1, 2, and 13-18.
- Materials - molecular and solid-state materials and their physical properties.
- Bioinorganic - transition metals in biological systems.
Research groups at Washington University are active in all of these areas, with projects exploring metalla-aromatic molecules, semiconductor nanowires, magnetic transition metal clusters and solids, optically polarized NMR of semiconductor nanostructures, and iron-containing desaturase enzymes. Faculty associated with research in inorganic chemistry include John Bleeke, William Buhro, Mark Conradi, Peter Gaspar, Sophia Hayes, and Liviu Mirica.