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Unit information: Intermediate Inorganic & Materials Chemistry for ChemicalPhysics in 2019/20

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Unit name Intermediate Inorganic & Materials Chemistry for ChemicalPhysics
Unit code CHEM20370
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Hall
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit develops the introduction to inorganic chemistry given in CHEM10005 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 required for chemical physics students emphasizing physical principles e.g. main group chemistry materials chemistry and applications of NMR spectroscopy and an introduction to group theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise and define symmetry elements and point groups;
  • Use character tables and irreducible representations and apply these to vibrational spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory;
  • Apply Molecular Orbital Theory to the construction of Ligand Group Orbitals;
  • Be able to explain the deficiencies of Crystal Field Theory and thus explain the basics of Ligand Field Theory;
  • Describe the kinetics of complexation and inorganic reaction mechanisms;
  • Recognise the scope and importance of materials including synthesis under extreme and mild conditions.

Teaching Information

Lectures, workshops and masterclasses (interactive seminar sessions of the whole class) and independent study. An on-line learning environment 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 Information

Exam: 2 hours

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: Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory, 2nd Edition, A. Vincent, Wiley, 2001.