Chemical physics involves chemistry and physics in the investigation of the physicochemical phenomena using techniques from atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics. Chemical physics studies chemical processes from a physicist’s point of view. Although names are similar, chemical physics is different from physical chemistry due to the fact chemical physics studies the characteristic elements and theories of physics. Physical chemistry studies the physical nature of chemistry.
Chemical physics is a subset of the fields in quantum mechanics, solvation of molecular energy flow and quantum dots. Chemical physicists probe structures and dynamics of ions, free radicals, clusters, molecules and polymers. They do these probing experiments by various spectroscopic techniques. Chemical physics is an interdisciplinary field. The research areas include, DNA interactions, electrochemistry of semiconductors, fuel cells, ultrasound medical imaging and catalyst development to name a few. A chemical physicists' goal is to understand chemical structures and reactions at a quantum mechanical level. The goal is to make accurate approximations in physics of chemical phenomena computationally accessible.