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CHY2301 : Inorganic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Keith Izod
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Doherty, Professor Andrew Houlton, Professor Andrew Benniston, Dr Lee Higham
  • Practical Supervisor: Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To build on Stage 1 course material and provide the factual basis for an understanding of the electronic and structural properties and reactivities of the main-group elements and the second- and third-row transition elements; to introduce the basic principles of organometallic chemistry; to develop experimental techniques through practical work. Redox Reactions will give students an understanding of the factors controlling the rate of electron transfer between metal sites and to be able to distinguish between inner- and outer-sphere electron transfer mechanisms. Students will be able to predict the mechanisms and products of certain redox reactions and appreciate the problems associated with non-complementary electron transfer mechanisms.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 (LJH)
CFSE and MO Theory
Lecture 1-2 Recap and Crystal Field Theory – Octahedral Complexes
Lecture 3 Other Geometries: Tetrahedral, Tetragonal and Square Planar
Selection Rules for d-d transitions
Lecture 4 Molecular Orbital Theory – Covalent Bonding
Lecture 5 Effect of pi-bases and pi-acids on Energy Level Diagrams
Lecture 6 Electron Counting
Lecture 7 The Trans Effect: Substitution of Square-Planar Complexes
Ligands: Bonding Models
Lecture 8 The Carbonyl Ligand – Bonding Model
Lectures 9 Metal Carbonyls: Structure and Characterisation
Lecture 10 Isoelectronic Ligands to CO: CN-,N2, NO+
Lecture 11 Phosphines as Ligands – Bonding Model
Lecture 12 Alkenes as Ligands – Bonding Model
Comparative TM Chemistry
Lecture 13 The Lanthanide Contraction
Differences in Bonding of Groups 3 and 4
Lecture 14 Group 5: M-M Bonding and Clusters
Lectures 15-16 Group 6: M-M Bonding and Clusters
Multiple Oxidation States
Lectures 17-18 Group 7: M-M Bonding and Clusters
      Multiple Oxidation States
Lecture 19 Group 8: MO4 as Oxidants
Lecture 20 Group 9: Square Planar to Octahedral Geometries - Catalysis
Lecture 21 Group 10: Recap of the Trans Effect and Catalysis
Lecture 22 Revision

Semester 2.
Inorganic Mechanisms (ACB)
Lecture 1 – ligand substitution and Parameters
Lecture 2 – Inert & Labile Classification and Crystal Field Activation
Lecture 3 – Associative and Dissociative Mechanisms
Lecture 4 – Substitution: Octahedral Complexes
Lecture 5 – Substitution: Square Planar Complexes Lecture
Lecture 6 – Electron Transfer-Inner Sphere and Outer Sphere
Lecture 7 - Revision

Introduction to Main Group Chemistry (KJI)
Lecture 1 – review of trends down groups and across periods
Lecture 2 – further trends
Lecture 3 – Group 1
Lecture 4 – Group 2
Lectures 5-6 – Group 13
Lectures 7-8 – Group 14
Lectures 9-10 – Group 15
hydrides, oxides, oxoacids
Lectures 11 – Group 16
Lectures 12 – revision

Laboratory Course
Dr J Eriksson

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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