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Unit information: Intermediate Inorganic & Materials Chemistry in 2015/16

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Unit name Intermediate Inorganic & Materials Chemistry
Unit code CHEM20170
Credit points 30
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Wyatt
Open unit status Not open

CHEM10600, CHEM10700, CHEM10800, CHEM10900 (or equivalent mathematics unit as approved by the School).



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit develops the introduction to inorganic chemistry given in CHEM 10600/700/800 to provide the essential base of inorganic chemistry required for advanced study at Levels 6 and 7 (Years 3 and 4). It covers the main areas of the subject e.g. main group chemistry, the organometallic and coordination compounds of transition metals including catalysis, materials chemistry and applications of NMR spectroscopy and an introduction to group theory.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understanding symmetry elements and point groups;
  • Knowledge character tables and irreducible representations and how these are applied in vibrational spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory;
  • Ability to use Molecular Orbital Theory to construct Ligand Group Orbitals;
  • An understanding of 3 centre, 4 eletron bonds and their application in Wade’s rules;
  • An appreciation of the chemistry of some of the s and p-block elements;
  • Understanding of the terms electrophile, nucleophile, acid and base and an appreciation of their roles within a reaction;
  • Be able to explain the deficiencies of Crystal Field Theory and thus understand the basics of Ligand Field Theory;
  • Understanding the kinetics of complexation and inorganic reaction mechanisms;
  • Appreciate the basic limitations/extent of information obtained from NMR spectroscopy;
  • Knowledge of the fundamental steps in organometallic catalytic cycle and the ability to combine them to form whole cycles.
  • Understand the principles of organometallic chemistry;
  • An appreciation of the scope and importance of materials including synthesis under extreme and mild conditions.

Teaching details

Lectures, workshops (classes of 20 students with two staff members) and masterclasses (interactive seminar sessions of the whole class) and independent study. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resource in advance of workshop/masterclass sessions. Pre-workshop online material will be provided to assist students with the contact workshop.

Assessment Details

Exam: 2 x 2 hours 30 mins

Reading and References

Essential reading will be from the following books:

Inorganic Chemistry 6th Edition, M Weller, T Overton, J Rourke and F Armstrong, Oxford University Press 2014.

Further reading from: Introduction to Organic Spectroscopy, L. M. Harwood and T. D. W. Claridge, Oxford Chemistry Primer 1997; Periodicity and the s- and p-block Elements, N C Norman, Oxford Primer, 1997.