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Module Code: CHE204
Module Title: Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: CHE103
The aims of the module is an introduction to the co-ordination and organometallic chemistry of 3d, 4d & 5d transition metals and crystal field theory.
Learning outcomes 
A show an understanding of the key concepts of the transition metal chemistry

B understand and discuss crystal field theory

C understand the chemistry of transition metal complexes

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and tutorials
Essential concepts in Transition Metal Chemistry:

• Introduction to transition metal complexes

• Coordination complexes and coordinate bonds

• Oxidation state, coordination number, atomic d orbitals, dn configuration

• Ligands, hard and soft donors

• Electroneutrality

• Geometry and isomerism, formation of complexes in solution

• Stability constants, the chelate effect

Crystal field theory:

• The basis of crystal field theory (cft) for octahedral complexes

• The origin of δ, factors affecting the size of δ

• Colors in transition metal complexes, d-d transitions, selection rules

• Charge transfer transitions

• Magnetic properties, high-spin and low-spin complexes, magnetic moment, spin-only formula

Crystal field stabilization energy:

• Favored geometries, ionic radii

• Hydration enthalpies

• Latticed energies

• Kinetic vs thermodynamic stability of complexes

• Irving-Williams series

Transition metal descriptive chemistry:

• Transition metal descriptive chemistry, trends across the d-block: oxidation state stabilities, with examples, differences between 3d and 4d/5d elements, the chemistry of chromium, molybdenum and tungsten

• Periodicity and trends within group 6, brief comparisons/contrasts with neighboring groups of elements, transition metal complexes containing co and other π-acceptor ligands

Introduction to complexes of transition metals in low oxidation states:

• 18 electron rule, concept of synergistic bonding, preparation, structure and bonding chemical properties, reactivity and uses of binary metal carbonyls, preparation, characterization, physical and chemical properties

• Application of physical techniques (x-ray crystallography, vibrational and nmr spectroscopies) for their characterization

• Substitution of co by tertiary phosphine ligands, electronic and steric effects, and cone angle concept

• Metal carbonyl anions, and hydrides, complexes containing co analogues -nitric oxide, isonitriles

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    12      112  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 1 15.00
2 Coursework 2 15.00
3 Final Exam 70.00

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