CH2IN1-Further Inorganic Chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring and Summer
Pre-requisites: CH1IN1 Fundamentals of Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CH2PRA Extended Laboratory Skills for Chemists
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Page


The aim of this module is to further students’ understanding of key aspects of inorganic chemistry, including main group and transition metal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and structural chemistry.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to:
• Describe and discuss the subject matter of the module, and explain the concepts raised within it.
• Critically examine questions raised in tutorials and workshops, and analyse numerical and other problems.
• To probe the electronic and geometric structures of transition metal compounds.

Additional outcomes:
The students should improve their oral and presentation skills through tutorials and analytical, numeracy and problem-solving skills through workshops and tutorials.

Outline content:
E M Page (13 lectures + 1 workshop) Transition Metals: Basic Theory and Crystal Field Approach
Nature of the co-ordinative bond in transition metal chemistry. ; co-ordination geometries; electron configuration and preferred coordination number. The crystal field model. Crystal field stabilisation energy in octahedral and tetrahedral complexes. Derivation of splitting diagrams for some other geometries. The Jahn Teller effect.
Development of a molecular orbital approach to sigma-bonding in transition metal complexes; comparisons and analogies with crystal field theory. Ligand-metal pi-interactions in octahedral transition metal complexes; sigma and pi type ligands. Hard and soft metals and ligands. Electron counting and the 18 electron rule. Synergistic bonding and the trans effect. Organometallic complexes of transition metals.

M J Almond (8 lectures) Main Group Chemistry
The chemistry of Groups 13-16. Basic trends in the inorganic and organometallic chemistry are considered and illustrated by important examples. Where appropriate synthetic methods are given and molecular structures discussed. Group 18 chemistry.

M.J. Almond (6 lectures+ 1 workshop) Spectroscopic and Magnetic properties of transition metal complexes
UV-vis spectroscopy, structure of complexes, ligand field effects, isomerism, IR spectroscopy in structure determination; Magnetic measurements - spin-orbit coupling, paramagnetic substances (magnetic susceptibilty), EPR and heteronuclear NMR spectroscopies;

M.J. Almond (4 lectures + 1 workshop) Bioinorganic Chemistry
Examples of transition metal chemistry in bioinorganic chemistry. Oxygen transport - haemoglobin. Co-enzyme B12. Nitrogenase. Carbonic anhydrase.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Approximately three one-hour lectures per week with roughly one tutorial or workshop on related material every two weeks. Two 1-hour drop-in sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 31
Seminars 2
Tutorials 4
Supervised time in studio/workshop 5
Guided independent study 98 60
Total hours by term 0 135 65
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework 20%:
Tutorials (written work and oral contribution) 20%

Students attend tutorials and workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory at both. Tutorials are assessed on both the written work and oral contribution.

Submission dates: Tutorials must be submitted by the dates specified according to the tutorial grid on the Blackboard site

Examinations 80%

Formative assessment methods:
Two workshops on problems of the type encountered in tutorials and examinations.

Penalties for late submission:
For students on chemistry-based degree courses any unexplained absence from more than two tutorials in chemistry will automatically incur a formal warning from the Department Director of Teaching and Learning.

Length of examination:
2 hours

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment by examination only in August or September.

Last updated: 7 May 2012

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