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CHEM3037 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

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

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

Resources & Reading list

M. Bochmann. Organometallics I. 

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

A.K. Brisdon. Inorganic Spectroscopic Methods. 

M. Bochmann. Organometallics II. 

N. Kaltsoyannis and P Scott. The f elements. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment   (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment   (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: CHEM2015 AND CHEM2016

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