Definition of physical chemistry in English:

physical chemistry


  • The branch of chemistry concerned with the application of the techniques and theories of physics to the study of chemical systems.

    • ‘She earned degrees in physical chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.’
    • ‘This branch of physical chemistry determines the equilibria of ionic reactions and their response to changes in external variables.’
    • ‘But then unlike most of his physical chemistry colleagues Zare is equally fascinated by analytical chemistry.’
    • ‘Much of physical chemistry is based on theories and math.’
    • ‘He now worked on thermodynamics, publishing three papers on applications to physical chemistry and thermoelectricity.’