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CHEM2023 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Module Overview

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.


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.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and tutorials. Hours for preparation for scheduled sessions includes other independent study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions31
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Examination and assessed tutorials.


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: CHEM2022

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