Inorganic Compounds

Definition - What does Inorganic Compounds mean?

Inorganic Compounds are the compounds which are not organic in nature. They are completely opposite to organic compounds. The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), in its definition of inorganic carbon compounds states that such compounds should contain either C-H or C-C bonds, but not both. Various inorganic compounds that contain carbon are:

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

Petropedia explains Inorganic Compounds

Inorganic Compounds or materials include stone, metal, ceramic and glass, which are all made from rocks or minerals. Some Inorganic Compounds are found in paper-based formats: photographs contain metallic particles; some pigments and inks contain minerals, metals, or metallic oxides; and metal particles are sometimes found in paper itself. Inorganic compounds are generally stable individually, but they can react with other materials to cause deterioration. Like organic compounds, inorganic compounds can be natural or synthetic (e.g., some pigments occur naturally as minerals but they can also be manufactured from other inorganic materials).

Both organic and inorganic compounds can cause the chemical reactions with the hydrocarbons, water (moisture) and cause corrosion related problems in the pipelines. The existence of inorganic compounds generates interference in pipes, casing deposit formation.

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