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CHEM2022 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use group theory to determine the symmetry of vibrational and bonding modes in molecules
  • Explain the main features of electronic spectra
  • Construct bonding models for multi-atomic molecules
  • Explain the fundamentals of X-ray diffraction and process powder X-ray diffraction data collected on high symmetry (cubic) structures
  • Use the properties of transition metals and ligands to explain structures and basic properties of transition metal complexes
  • Discuss the main reaction mechanisms that operate in transition metal complexes


• Elementary aspects of group theory. • UV-visible spectroscopy including Russell-Saunders, Orgel diagrams and magnetism. • Revision of relevant synoptic material; d orbitals, oxidation states,dn configurations, ligand donor/acceptor properties, spectrochemical series, coordination geometries, CFSE. • Ligand field theory. • Ligand types including architecture and steric/electronic effects: carbonyl, phosphines, N2 and NO. • MO bonding in octahedral ML6 complexes - σ and π-bonding. • Chemistry of the 4d and 5d elements. Metal-metal bonding. • Brief revision of unit cells and lattices. • Basis of X-ray diffraction: Bragg’s law, powder XRD, instrumentation, applications.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, problem-solving classes, tutorials and workshops, with group working and tutor support Workshop hours includes 4 hours of problem classes. Preparation for scheduled sessions hours includes other independent study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions31
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Housecroft and Sharpe. Inorganic Chemistry. 

Ogden. Introduction to Molecular Symmetry. 

Brisdon. Inorganic Spectroscopic Methods. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed Tutorials 10%
Examination  (2 hours) 90%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

CHEM1036 or CHEM1046

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