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Welcome to Inorganic Chemistry
In the 19th century there were no distinct subdisciplines in chemistry. At the beginning of the 20th century the separation into organic and inorganic chemistry began to emerge. Even the chemists of the old days had already a preference for either carbon-based materials or more mineral substances. Frederick Pearson Treadwell was a notable professor at ETH who developed the analysis of inorganic compounds and mixtures. Alfred Werner was a student of ETH, who initiated the separation of inorganic chemistry by founding coordination chemistry, when he became professor at the University of Zurich. Coordination chemistry was a major topic at ETH in later times, culminating in the quantitative research of Gerold Schwarzenbach. After this accomplishment, the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry focussed on organometallic and solid state chemistry, which foster the development of efficient catalysts and new materials.