Inorganic Chemistry

Unit code: CHEM20312
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit?: N




  • To deepen and widen students' knowledge base of the chemistry of the elements.
  • To illustrate the application of spectroscopic and analytical techniques to the study of inorganic systems
  • To prepare students for advanced topics in ligand design, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and spectroscopy


S- and p-block Chemistry

(Dr M. Ingleson) 14 lectures/workshops

  • Periodic and Group trends in the s and p block of the periodic table
  • Hydrides, Halides and Oxides of the s and p-block
  • Organometallic chemistry of the s block
  • Main Group Lewis acids and bases
  • Multiple bonding in the p block and inorganic aromaticity
  • Wades Rules applied to Polyhedral Boranes, Carboranes and Zintl Ions
  • Halide chemistry and Weakly Coordinating Anions


Organometallic Chemistry of the d block

(Prof S. Liddle), 10 lectures/revision seminars

  • 18 and 16 electron rules and electron counting conventions
  • Complexes of key ligands and synergistic bonding
  • Principal reaction types in organometallic chemistry
  • Synthesis, bonding and reactivity of d block metal-carbon bonds
  • Organometallic reaction mechanisms and catalytic processes.
  • Spectroscopic properties of Organometallic complexes

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of structure, oxidation state, bonding and reactivity in s, p, and d-block chemistry and its basis in symmetry and MO theory
  • Understand the principles and application of spectroscopic techniques to inorganic systems
  • Development of analytical skills, problem-solving skills, time-management and independent study skills



Intellectual skills

Reflective skills on prior learning, chemical problem solving, structure analysis and prediction, spectroscopic data analysis

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Time management and organisational skills

Assessment methods

  • Written exam - 100%

Recommended reading

  • C.E Housecroft and A. G Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry (3rd Ed), Pearson
  • Shriver and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition), Oxford
  • N. C. Norman, Periodicity and the s- and p-block elements, Oxford Primer No 51
  • J. Keeler and P. Wothers, Chemical structure and Reactivity, (2nd Ed.) Oxford
  • M. Bochmann,'Organometallics 1' and 'Organometallics 2', Oxford Chemistry Primers, Nos. 12 and 13
  • A.F. Hill, 'Organotransition metal chemistry' RSC Tutorial Text No. 7.
  • Ch. Elschenbroich and A. Salzer, 'Organometallics' Wiley VCH

Feedback methods

Feedback will be available via the following methods:

  • during workshop sessions, when staff will be available to answer questions and provide help;
  • via attendance and participation in tutorials, including submission of problem sheets;
  • staff office hours
  • during lecture question and answer sessions

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam - 2 hours
  • Lectures - 21 hours
  • Practical classes & workshops - 3 hours
  • Tutorials - 3 hours
  • Independent study hours - 71 hours

Teaching staff

Michael Ingleson - Unit coordinator

Stephen Liddle - Unit coordinator

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