CH2IN1-Further Inorganic Chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Matthew Almond


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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, symmetry and structural chemistry.

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, symmetry 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:

Symmetry (5 lectures + 1 workshop + 1 tutorial)

Symmetry elements and operations. Point groups. Character tables: characters, representations, reduction formula, irreducible representations, symmetry species. Chirality. Molecular vibrations: vibrational representations, assignments, spectroscopic activity.

Coordination chemistry of d block elements (15 lectures + 2 workshops+ 2 tutorials)

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 effect on structure. Ligand displacement reactions in coordination complexes. The trans influence and trans effect. Comparison of first row with second and third row behaviour; the effect of the lanthanide contraction . Multiple metal-metal bonding. Frost-Ellingham diagrams.

Main Group Chemistry (6 lectures + 1 workshop)

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.

Spectroscopic and Magnetic properties of transition metal complexes (5 lectures + 1 workshop+ 1 tutorial)

Applications of IR spectroscopy in the structure determination of complexes. UV-vis spectroscopy, term symbols, Orgel and Tanabe-Sugano diagrams. Magnetic measurements, magnetic susceptibility, diamagnetism and paramagnetism, magnetic ordering.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Approximately three one-hour lectures per week with roughly one tutorial and workshop for every 5 lectures.

In the Summer Term the 5 lecture hours are assigned as revision lectures.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 31 10
Seminars 5
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study: 112 40
Total hours by term 0 150 50
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework 20%:

Tutorials 20%

Students attend tutorials and workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory at both.

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

Examinations 80%

Formative assessment methods:
Five 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment arrangements are in accordance with University policy. Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University-administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 10 December 2019


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