Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

The Physical Chemistry is located on the border between physics and chemistry, and is concerned both with the study of chemical processes occurring in physical symptoms as well as the influence of physical effects on chemical processes. Physical chemistry is therefore a branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances, and the the application of physics to processes and phenomena in chemical systems.

Physical chemistry is in addition to the inorganic and organic chemistry one of the classic sections of this scientific subject area. It includes a number of other disciplines, of which the theoretical chemistry, thermodynamics (chemical thermodynamics) and thermochemistry, kinetics, electrochemistry and spectroscopy are just a few. In addition, physicochemical data, physicochemical aspects and issues play a role in many other areas of chemistry and other subjects. A particularly close relationship between chemistry and physics is at issues dealing with the atoms and molecules.

Online information resources on physical chemistry: lecture notes, tutorials, journals, databases etc.


Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Data and Databases

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Physical Chemistry
Lecture Notes: Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, and Equilibrium. Colby College, USA

Physical Chemistry
Lecture Notes: Quantum Mechanics, Spectroscopy, and Statistical Mechanics. Colby College, USA

Physical Chemistry I
Lecture notes. MIT OpenCourseWare, USA

Physical Chemistry I
Handouts and Lecture Notes. Southern Methodist University, USA

Physical Chemistry II
Lecture notes. MIT OpenCourseWare, USA

Physical Chemistry II
Handouts and Lecture Notes. Southern Methodist University, USA

Physical Chemistry Tutorials
Handouts and Lecture Notes. University of Oxford, UK

The laws list
The laws list is a list of various laws, rules, principles, and other related topics in physics and astronomy. Alcyone Systems, USA


Physical Chemistry
Virtual Chemistry Experiments and Exercises. Davidson College, USA - Format: JAVA

Data and Databases

Thermophysical properties of fluid systems
Accurate thermophysical properties are available for several fluids. NIST, USA

Thermophysical properties of pure substances & mixtures
... on the WEB can be searched for selected properties or all properties of a given substance or mixture. Reported data values along with bibliographic statements, descriptors and abstracts can be downloaded in several formats. Dechema, Germany


Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
A nonprofit scientific journal. Annual Reviews

Chemical Physics
... publishes experimental and theoretical papers on all aspects of chemical physics. In this journal, experiments are related to theory, and in turn theoretical papers are related to present or future experiments. Elsevier

Chemical Physics Letters
... publishes brief reports of original and timely research on the structures, properties and dynamics of molecules, solid surfaces, interfaces, condensed phases, polymers, nanostructures and biomolecular systems. Elsevier

... is an international source for important primary and critical secondary information across the whole field of physical chemistry and chemical physics. Wiley-Interscience

Computer Physics Communications
... publishes research papers and computer program descriptions in computational physics and physical chemistry: the focus is on computational methods and techniques rather than results. Elsevier

Computing in Science & Engineering
... support the development of computing tools and methods as well as their effective use in both computational and experimental science and engineering. IEEE

Doklady Physical Chemistry
... is a monthly journal containing English translations of current Russian research in physical chemistry from the Chemistry section of the Doklady Akademii Nauk (Proceedings of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Springer

Faraday Discussions
Discussion summary and research papers, in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry

Faraday Transactions
... was published from 1990 - 1998. Royal Society of Chemistry

International Journal of Chemical Kinetics
... publishes original research in gas phase, condensed phase, and polymer reaction kinetics, as well as biochemical and surface kinetics. Wiley-Interscience

International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
... publishes high-quality original contributions on experimental, computational, and physical aspects of convective heat transfer and fluid dynamics relevant to engineering or the environment, including multiphase and microscale flows. Elsevier

International Journal of Thermophysics
... serves as an international medium for the publication of papers in thermophysics, assisting both generators and users of thermophysical properties data. Springer

International Reviews in Physical Chemistry
The Journal publishes review articles describing frontier research areas in physical chemistry. Taylor and Francis

Journal de Chimie Physique et de Physico-Chimie Biologique
… has ceased publication at the end of the year 1999. EDP Sciences

Journal of Chemical Physics
... publishes concise and definitive reports of significant research in methods and applications of chemical physics. American Institute of Physics

Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
The objective of the Journal is to provide critically evaluated physical and chemical property data, fully documented as to the original sources and the criteria used for evaluation. American Institute of Physics

Journal of Physical Chemistry A
- Dynamics, Kinetics, Environmental Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Structure, Theory. The journal publishes studies on dynamics, clusters, and excited states; kinetics, and spectroscopy; atmospheric, environmental, and green chemistry; and molecular structure, quantum chemistry, and general theory. American Chemical Society

Journal of Physical Chemistry B
- Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysical Chemistry. The journal publishes studies on macromolecules, and soft matter, surfactants, and membranes, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and medium effects, and biophysical chemistry. American Chemical Society

Journal of Physical Chemistry C
- Nanomaterials and Hard Matter. The Journal publishes original experimental and basic research targeted to scientists in physical chemistry of nanoparticles, and nanostructures, surfaces, interfaces, and catalysis, electron transport, optical and electronic devices, and hard matter; and energy conversion and storage. American Chemical Society

Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
... is a well established international medium for publication of research in condensed matter and materials science. Elsevier

... is an electronic only journal covering all aspects of physical chemistry and chemical physics, and their interfaces with condensed matter, physics and biological, materials and surface science. Royal Society of Chemistry

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
An international journal for the fastest publication of high-quality original work in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry

Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters
... is a medium for the rapid publication of original contributions in such fields as kinetics of homogeneous reactions in gas, liquid and solid phase; homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; adsorption in heterogeneous catalysis; transport processes related to reaction kinetics and catalysis; preparation and study of catalysts; reactors and apparatus. Springer

Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Focus on Chemistry (Zhurnal fizicheskoi khimii), founded in 1930, offers a comprehensive review of theoretical and experimental research not only from the Russian Academy of Sciences but also from the entire Commonwealth of Independent States. Articles published concern chemical thermodynamics and thermochemistry, biophysical chemistry, photochemistry and magnetochemistry, materials structure, quantum chemistry, physical chemistry of solutions, surface phenomena and absorption, and methods and techniques of physicochemical investigations. Springer

Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Focus on Physics. The Journal publishes original and review papers relevant to all aspects of chemical physics. Elementary chemical and physical processes on the molecular level are considered. Springer

Thermochimica Acta
An International Journal Concerned with All Aspects of Thermoanalytical and Calorimetric Methods and their Application to Experimental Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Engineering. Elsevier

Thin Solid Films
... is an international journal which serves scientists and engineers working in the fields of thin-film synthesis, characterization, and applications. Elsevier

Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie
International journal of research in physical chemistry and chemical physics. R. Oldenbourg Verlag

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Physical Chemistry

Book recommendation

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula

Atkins' Physical Chemistry

Atkins' Physical Chemistry remains the benchmark of achievement for a chemistry degree throughout the world. The judicious choice of topics, the clear writing style of both authors, and the careful exposition of maths, reaffirm the book's position as market leader. In the eighth edition the authors provide a more compact presentation through the careful restructuring and redistribution of material. The coverage of introductory topics has been streamlined, and later topics rationalized, bringing into sharper focus the scope of the text to mirror the needs of today's students and lecturers. Mathematics remains an intrinsic yet challenging part of physical chemistry; the new edition offers greater explanation and support, to ensure that students can master the important mathematical principles, without sacrificing the rigour and depth of its mathematical content. The pedagogical framework, which is a hallmark of Atkins' writing, has been strengthened further: new 'Notes on good practice' provide guidance on the use of terminology and help students to avoid common pitfalls; short 'Commentaries' remind students of the applications of mathematical and physical concepts, and provide useful cross-references to related resources in the book and on the accompanying companion web site. The eighth edition introduces new 'Impact on' sections which integrate the impact of physical chemistry on modern applications such as biology, biochemistry, medicine, nanoscience and astrophysics. All these exciting new features and innovations are presented within a new full colour text design, to stimulate and engage students still further. Online Resource Centre: The companion web site contains Living Graphs, illustrations from the book, and web links. An Instructor's Solutions Manual (free to adopters) and a Student's Solutions Manual are also available. The book is also complemented by a new edition of the 'Explorations in Physical Chemistry' CD, which contains interactive Excel worksheets and exercises related to the Living Graphs, allowing students to visualise, actively explore and test their understanding of the subject.

W H Freman; 2010

Book recommendation

Thomas Engel, Philip Reid

Physical Chemistry with Spartan Student Physical Chemistry Software

Physical Chemistry is a groundbreaking new book that explains core topics in depth with a focus on basic principles, applications, and modern research. The authors hone in on key concepts and cover them thoroughly and in detail - as opposed to the general, encyclopedic approach other books take. Excessive math formalism is avoided to keep readers focused on the most important concepts and to provide greater clarity. Applications woven throughout each chapter demonstrate to readers how chemical theories are used to solve real-world chemical problems in biology, environmental science, and material science. Extensive coverage of modern research and new developments in the field get readers excited about this dynamic branch of science. Fundamental Concepts of Thermodynamics,Heat, Work, Internal Energy, Enthalpy, and the First Law of Thermodynamics, The Importance of State Functions: Internal Energy and Enthalpy, Thermochemistry, Entropy and the Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibrium, The Properties of Real Gases, The Relative Stability of Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Ideal and Real Solutions, Electrolyte Solutions, Electrochemical Cells, Batteries, and Fuel Cells, From Classical to Quantum Mechanics, The Schrödinger Equation, The Quantum Mechanical Postulates, Using Quantum Mechanics on Simple Systems, The Particle in the Box and the Real World, Commuting and Noncommuting Operators and the Surprising effects of Entanglement, A Quantum Mechanical Model for the Vibration and Rotation of Molecules, The Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules, The Hydrogen Atom, Multielectron Atoms, Examples of Spectroscopy Inv