Materials Chemistry is the examination of chemical synthesis and its application in the discovery of new materials. It specifically looks at novel chemical principles being applied at the molecular level, to create new materials with novel properties.
Materials Chemistry is an unconventional topic in the subject of Chemistry, as it is not limited or confined to a certain discipline. It not only combines the different sub-disciplines of chemistry, such as organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry, but also extends into different subjects such as biology, physics and engineering. Thus, chemists who are successful in Materials Chemistry must disregard the traditional barriers between disciplines, and be able to navigate easily across the different subjects.
One application of Materials Chemistry is the improvement of bodily and physiological functions. For example, a new class of metal-organic frameworks has been discovered, which consist of metal vertices and organic linkers that form porous structures (1). The extended porosity of these structures renders it more efficient for gas storage and pharmaceutical delivery within the body.
Although Materials Chemistry is a relatively new field, it is starting to become a major focus as its applicability extends beyond the realm of chemistry. Thus, examining how different molecules combine to result in different properties is crucial for the synthesis of new and useful materials.
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