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CHEM3037 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims to complete the coverage of core inorganic chemistry, by revising and extending topics met in years 1 and 2, and also introduces several new themes. Included are topics in materials and organometallic chemistry, f-block chemistry, and the applications of UV/visible spectroscopy and quadrupolar NMR nuclei to the study of Inorganic systems. At the end of this module the student should have a good overview of the major areas of modern Inorganic chemistry and have mastered the application of the key physical techniques to study Inorganic compounds. In the first section of the module students are expected to develop an understanding of spectroscopic techniques applied directly to Inorganic systems. Topics covered in this section are: UV/visible spectroscopy, quadrupole NMR and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). The aim of the f-block section of the module is to introduce f-element chemistry. The basics of general f-element chemistry (discovery, properties of the f-orbitals, electron configurations) are introduced before discussing in detail the general, photophysical, magnetic and chemical properties of the 4f elements (lanthanoids). Finally the physical and chemical properties of the 5f-elements (the actinoid series) and differences between 4f and 5f are discussed. The aim of the organometallics section of the module is to provide a reintroduction to organometallic chemistry and to expand upon the concepts previously encountered to consider the chemistry of transition metal compounds with the pi-bonded ligands.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Determine ground state term symbols for any d-electron configuration
  • Describe bonding models that can be applied to a consideration of the properties of transition metal organometallic species with a wide range of ligands.
  • Determine ΔO and B from Tanabe-Sugano Diagrams
  • Interpret simple EPR spectra
  • Construct correlation diagrams
  • Interpret trends in the oxidation states of Lanthanides
  • Determine full Russell-Saunders ground terms for Lanthanides
  • Calculate effective magnetic moments for lanthanide compounds using the J-moment method
  • Describe the differences between 4f and 5f orbitals
  • Qualitatively discuss the organometallic chemistry of transition metal compounds with pi-bonded ligands in terms of their synthesis, reactivities and uses in catalysis.


The assignment of UV-visible spectra of transition metal complexes including both d-d (Russell-Saunders coupling, Orgel and Tanabe-Sugano diagrams) and charge transfer spectra will be introduced. The key features of quadrupolar NMR nuclei and their application to study Inorganic systems will be described. The key features of the chemistry of the f-block elements (lanthanides and actinides) will be described along with a coverage of f-f spectra of the lanthanide elements and the optical and magnetic properties of the solids. Transition metal organometallic chemistry from CHEM2016 will be extended to describe π-ligands (alkenes, alkynes, allyls, cyclopentadienyls, arenes etc.), carbenes and carbynes, key reactions and catalytic cycles and behaviours.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, workshops

Wider reading or practice40
Practical classes and workshops6
Preparation for scheduled sessions32
Follow-up work24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

C E Housecroft (1999). The Heavier d-block Metals. 

A.K. Brisdon. Inorganic Spectroscopic Methods. 

N. Kaltsoyannis and P Scott. The f elements. 

M. Bochmann. Organometallics II. 

M. Bochmann. Organometallics I. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: CHEM2015 AND CHEM2016

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