This module will provide an introduction into the fundamentals of main group and transition metal chemistry, and introduce NMR.
Pre-requisite(s): CHEM1048 and (CHEM1056 or NATS1005)
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Discuss aspects of d-block element chemistry including dn configurations, oxidation states and trends, Electrode potentials, Latimer and Frost diagrams, Coordination geometries, isomerism, ligand classifications and bonding interactions
- Use crystal field theory to explain and predict a range of properties of transition metal complexes
- Explain periodic trends including variations in electronegativity, oxidation state, metallic character, atomic size and ionisation energy within the periodic table.
- Describe the background to nuclear magnetic resonance, and explain or predict spectral features including chemical shift, coupling, decoupling and isotopomers
- Describe the structure and chemical properties of elements in Groups 13-18
Subject Specific Practical Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Meet the learning outcomes of a co-requisite practical module.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy; Chemical shift, chemical shielding, coupling, decoupling and isotopomers; Application to general molecular species including main group and transition metal examples.
Transition Metal Chemistry: Properties of the d-block elements, ligands, dn configurations, oxidation states and trends; Electrode potentials, Latimer and Frost diagrams; Coordination geometries, isomerism in coordination complexes; Ligand classifications and bonding interactions; Crystal Field Theory; common crystal field splittings (octahedral, tetrahedral and square-planar); High and low spin cases, Crystal Field Stabilisation Energy (CFSE), and its structural and thermodynamic consequences; The spectrochemical series, and other factors affecting the crystal field splitting parameter; The Jahn-Teller effect; Colour, electronic spectroscopy (d¹) and selection rules; Magnetism and determination of number of unpaired electrons;Complex stability and the chelate effect.
Main Group Chemistry: Periodicity – variations in electronegativity, oxidation state, metallic character, atomic size and ionisation energy within the periodic table; Trends in the chemistry of the elements of Groups 13, 14, 15; bond character and strengths; acid-base chemistry, Brønsted-Lowry systems, Lewis systems and donor-acceptor compounds; Trends in the chemistry of the elements of Groups 16, 17 and 18; investigation of their natural occurrence, halides, hydrides, oxides, oxoacids and interhalogen chemistry.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, small group tutorials and laboratory sessions.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||18|
|Wider reading or practice||20|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
C. E. Housecroft and A. G. Sharpe (2018). Inorganic Chemistry.
Final exam, tutorials and laboratory marks. The latter are accumulated under the co-requisite lab module.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External