Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
|Unit level:||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||N
The course unit unit aims to:
- Provide students with an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of recent advances in selected inorganic topics.
- Provide an appreciation of research methods in inorganic chemistry.
The module will be composed of four six-lecture topics:
- Fluorine/Noble Gas Chemistry (Dr A Brisdon, 6 lectures)
- Frustrated Lewis Pairs (Dr M Ingleson, 6 lectures)
- Molecular Nanomagnets. (Dr N. Chilton, 6 lectures)
- Inorganic Applications of DFT. (Prof. N. Kaltsoyannis, 6 lectures)
Lectures will be given on a topic-based approach by staff with relevant research expertise in the appropriate areas. Primary research literature/data will be presented and discussed.
Students successfully completing this unit should have developed, within the topics covered, the ability to:
- Extend ideas from core inorganic chemistry to advanced topics in the areas covered;
- Apply the described chemistry, synthesis, theory and methods to related applications or areas;
- Interpret structural, spectral and chemical data in the relevant areas;
- Deduce chemical information from given data;
- Predict properties, spectra etc for related and/or unseen compounds;
- Devise synthetic routes to simple targets.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
The following transferable skills will need to be used by students in order to complete this unit successfully:
- Problem solving – the application of problem solving skills to analyse data and draw appropriate conclusions;
- Communication skills – the ability to effectively and concisely convey answers using the appropriate chemical terminology, and to read and extract key information from the primary literature;
- Numeracy and mathematical skills – from data handling to an appreciation of the mathematics behind DFT calculations;
- Analytical skills – the ability to break down and analyse problems and to interpret given data;
- Written exam - 100%
- F A Cotton & G Wilkinson, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley.
- N N Greenwood & A Earnshaw, Chemistry of the Elements, Pergamon.
- Ch Elschenbroich, Organometallics: A Concise Introduction, 3rd edition, VCH
Other references will be given during the course including primary literature sources which will be presented/used, and will also be available on the course web site.
- Open format 'surgery' session(s) will be held with all lecturing staff present who will provide help/support and feedback on attempted past questions.
- During the course each lecture section will provide formative feedback, using methods such as on-line assessments or set/marked pieces of work.
- Assessment written exam - 2 hours
- Lectures - 24 hours
- Independent study hours - 74 hours