Inorganic Compound

Definition - What does Inorganic Compound mean?

Inorganic compounds are those chemical substances that are not organic in nature. Inorganic compounds may be those materials that are made from rocks and minerals such as ceramics, stone, metal, glass, etc.

Compounds can be divided into two categories, organic and inorganic. The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), in its definition of inorganic carbon compounds states that such compounds should contain either carbon-hydrogen (C-H) or carbon-carbon (C-C) bonds, but not both.

Corrosionpedia explains Inorganic Compound

All inorganic compounds are present in a stable state; however, they can react with other materials in the presence of some medium to deteriorate a parent metal. As with organic compounds, inorganic compounds can either be natural or synthetic compounds.

Both organic and inorganic compounds can cause chemical reactions with hydrocarbons and water (moisture) to cause corrosion-related problems in metals.

Various inorganic compounds that contain carbon include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Carbonates
  • Cyanides
  • Cyanates
  • Carbides
  • Thiocyanates
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