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CHEM2032 Solid state and organometallic chemistry

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Explain phenomena in solids including defect structures, various types of conductivity, and magnetic and optical properties, within the context of band theory
  • Sketch aspects of solid state structure (unit cells, polyhedra, lattice planes, how diffraction arises, unit cells, not previously encountered) and electronic structure (band diagrams, junctions).
  • Explain and analyse X-ray diffraction data, including indexing cubic diffraction patterns, and carry out calculations of lattice parameters and parameters related to the electronic structure of solid state materials.
  • Present the results of a practical investigation in a concise manner.
  • Describe the organometallic chemistry of transition metals with a broad range of pi-ligands.
  • Draw catalytic cycles to describe a range of reactions mediated by transition metal organometallic species.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Set up glassware and apparatus to conduct experiments in Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Interpret data from a range of physical techniques to characterise inorganic compounds.


X-ray diffraction and structure: Crystal lattices and symmetry; Modelling solids as connected polyhedral – silicates, spinel, perovskite; Diffraction of X-rays by crystals; Indexing of diffraction data; Dependence of intensity on structure factor. Bonding and properties of solids: Basic band theory in semiconductors, metals and insulators; Doping and compound semiconductor trends; Conductors transparent conductors and superconductors; Optical properties of solids; Magnetism in perovskites, spinels and transition metal oxides; Defects and ionic conductivity. Organometallic chemistry: Transition metal organometallic chemistry with π-ligands; Multiply-bonded ligands; Key reactions and catalytic cycles and behaviours.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, small group tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Preparation for scheduled sessions58
Practical classes and workshops29
Completion of assessment task24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

C. E. Housecroft and A. G. Sharpe (2018). Inorganic Chemistry. 


Assessment Strategy

Final exam, tutorials and laboratory marks.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed Tutorials 10%
Final Assessment  65%
Laboratory practicals 25%
Lab proficiency 


MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment  100%
Lab proficiency 

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

External repeat only possible if lab attendance criterion is met.


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students will often be expected to bring a copy of notes that are provided electronically in advance to lectures. This can involve an electronic device (laptop or tablet) or printed copies.


Students may have already purchased the textbook recommended in this core module. They will benefit from owning their own copies. It is also available electronically via the library.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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