Physical chemistry is the study of the physical basis of chemical systems and processes. Modern physical chemistry is firmly grounded upon physics. Important areas of study include chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics , quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, and spectroscopy.

Physical chemistry is also fundamental to modern materials science.

Important physical chemists


  • Physical Chemistry, P.W. Atkins, 1978, Oxford University Press
  • Introduction to Modern Colloid Science, R.J. Hunter, 1993, Oxford University Press
  • Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, P.C. Hiemenz, R. Rajagopalan, 1997, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York