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CHEM2016 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Module Overview

This module considers aspects of organometallic chemistry and inorganic materials chemistry

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain properties and reactions of transition metal and main group organometallic compounds.
  • Use band theory to explain metallic, semiconducting and insulating behaviour, temperature variation and the operation of some simple devices.
  • Discuss a series of aspects of solid state and materials chemistry in terms of crystal and electronic structures, synthesis methods, structure-property relationships and applications.
  • Evaluate the risks associated with an experiment and understand how to mitigate against those risks.
  • Set up glassware and apparatus to conduct experiments in Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Interpret data from a range of physical techniques to characterise inorganic compounds.
  • Present the results of a practical investigation in a concise manner.


This module will focus on organometallic chemistry and inorganic materials chemistry. These are rapidly developing areas of inorganic chemistry and the course material will be illustrated with numerous applications. Specific topics will include: • Organometallic chemistry of transition metals: 18 electron rule, CO as an electronic probe. • Alkyl complexes; Inorganic and organometallic reactions. • Oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertion reactions. • Homogeneous catalysis, Tolman rules, basic catalytic cycles. • Main group organometallics focussing on alkyl lithiums, Grignards and p-block alkyls. • Band theory – electronic structures of metals, insulators and semiconductors. Transparent conductors. Simple electronic components: diodes, LEDs, transistors and photovoltaics. • Nanoparticles. • Deposition and properties of thin films. • Silicates, solid state NMR and zeolites. • Defects, solid solutions and non-stoichiometry • Oxides – perovskite (tolerance factor), spinel. • Solid state synthesis and related techniques. • Inorganic materials properties including ferroelectric, magnetically ordered and superconducting examples. Practical component: The aim of the practical component of the module is to provide students with the skills that will be needed in their future practical work. Students will undertake as series of three experiments, of which the titles below are examples: • Redox aluminophosphates • Solid state chemistry • Zinc sulfide quantum dots Each experiment is also preceded by a prelaboratory exercise that involves a combination of audio visual resources, accessible via Blackboard, that will help prepare you for the experimental work. A short quiz based on this content is to be completed before starting practical work There are separate learning outcomes for each experiment and these are further specified in the practical scripts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, problem-solving tutorials and tutor support. Laboratory classes supported by tutors and demonstrators including pre-lab study, data analysis and report writing. Workshop hours (5) is for problem solving classes Practical classes hours includes pre-laboratory e-learning Preparation for scheduled sessions includes other independent study

Preparation for scheduled sessions53
Completion of assessment task24
Practical classes and workshops29
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

S. E. Dann (2000). Reactions and characterization of solids. 

L. E. Smart and E. A. Moore (2012). Solid state chemistry: an introduction. 

A. R. West (1999). Basic solid state chemistry. 

C.E.Housecroft, A.G.Sharpe (2012). Inorganic Chemistry. 

U. Schubert and N. Hüsing (2012). Synthesis of inorganic materials. 


Assessment Strategy

All absences from practical sessions must be validated and unexcused absences will result in failure of the module. Repeat year externally: allowed if practical attendance criteria has been met. The practical marks are retained, the theory assessment is exam only. Repeat year internally: note that practical may be reassessed by resubmission of reports or repeated


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed Tutorials 10%
Examination  (2 hours) 65%
Lab proficiency %
Practical write-ups 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%
Lab proficiency %
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