Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Unit code: CHEM40322
Credit Rating: 10
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.

Learning outcomes

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;

Assessment methods

  • Written exam - 100%

Recommended reading

General material:

  • 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.



Feedback methods

  • 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.

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam - 2 hours
  • Lectures - 24 hours
  • Independent study hours - 74 hours

Teaching staff

Alan Brisdon - Unit coordinator

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