Undergraduate Course: Techniques and Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10025)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A lecture course providing instruction in advanced aspects of modern inorganic chemistry. The course comprises individual lectures courses on: Synthesis of Inorganic Compounds, Lanthanides and Actinides, Advanced Main Group Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism and Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds, and thus covers the chemistry of elements from all parts of the periodic table. Emphasis is placed upon applications of inorganic compounds in areas as diverse as synthesis, catalysis, gas storage, advanced materials, biology and medicine. Either the Level 10 or Level 11 version of this course (as specified in the degree programme tables) is a compulsory requirement for Year 4/5 students on degrees in Chemistry, but can be taken by Year 4/5 students on any Chemistry degree programme.
The course contains the 5 lecture courses outlined above, each with an associated small group tutorial. The final examination consists of a total of six questions, one from each of the lecture modules and a sixth question which combines 2 of these topics. Students must answer 4 questions from these 6 options.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To understand how various classes of inorganic compounds important to chemical grand challenges can be prepared and characterised from choice of reactants and experimental conditions through to product characterization. To understand the principles involved and the techniques used.
- To understand the basic principles underpinning the chemistry of the 4f- and 5f-elements, and to compare and contrast their coordination chemistry with that of the transition metals. To understand the physical properties of coordination compounds of the f-elements that make them applicable in areas such as magnetism, luminescence and MR Imaging. To apply knowledge of f-block and transition metal chemistry in problem solving.
- To understand the chemical approaches used for solid-state gas storage, with a particular focus on hydrogen-storage materials and energetic compounds. To identify the chemical principles used in the design and synthesis of a selection of technologically important main group compounds. To assess critically a recent journal article and identify how key chemical concepts have been used to undertake the piece of research.
- To understand the chemistry of metal-ligand multiple bonds in inorganic and organometallic compounds. Be able to demonstrate the differences in reactivity of different types of multiply bonded species. To show how the more reactive compounds can be used in atom efficient chemical reactions and catalysis.
- To introduce the fundamental concepts required to understand metal-metal bonds and explore the particular features of structure and reactivity in such systems. To be able to predict the structures of metal cluster compounds.
|Additional reading material for each module will be provided by the course lecturer in lecture 1 of each course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The course will develop generic cognitive skills such as evaluation and critical analysis, as well as honing communication, numeracy, problem solving and
and working with others.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
|Course organiser||Prof Euan Brechin
Tel: (0131 6)50 7545
|Course secretary||Mr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710