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CHEM2023 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide a basis for future studies in chemistry and allied subjects. Students select two areas of Chemistry from Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry according to the needs of their programme of study. More specific aims, content and learning outcomes are provided under each of the headings of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Please consult with the leader of your programme or your personal academic tutor in deciding which two components of this module to follow. Note that this module is not available for students enrolled in any of the Chemistry degree programmes.

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, Tutorials, problem-solving workshops, with group working and tutor support Hours for preparation for scheduled sessions includes other independent study

Preparation for scheduled sessions31
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

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

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. 

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


Assessment Strategy

The practical and theory (examination plus tutorial) components must be passed separately at the module pass mark for the student’s programme, i.e. 40% if core, 25% if compulsory or optional (if compensation is allowed). All absences from practical sessions must be validated and unexcused absences will result in failure of the module..


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CHEM2022Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
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