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CH40127: Topics in inorganic chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 1
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH20013 and take CH20015 and take CH20095 or suitable courses from another university. In taking this unit you cannot take P-block chemistry as a component of CH30061.
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
To introduce the principles of the chemistry of the 4f and 5f series of elements (lanthanides and actinides)
To introduce the principles of the chemistry of the heavy transition metals with particular reference to metal-metal bonded polynuclear complexes.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* explain the importance of the 4f and 5f valence orbitals in determining the chemistry (and contrasts between the chemistries ) of the lanthanide and actinide elements
* describe variations in oxidation state and the uses of coordination and solid state f-element compounds in synthesis and catalysis
* rationalise the magnetic and spectroscopic behaviour of the f-elements and explain how these properties are exploited in a variety of applications
* describe and explain the formation (or lack of formation) of multiple bonds to 4f and f element centres
* Explain the systematic trends across the d-block elements.
* Contrast the differences down individual d-block triads.
* Determine whether metal-metal bonds are present in a polynuclear complex.
* Rationalise the structures of early and late transition metal clusters using electron counting schemes.

Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A)
Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F)
Group working (F)

Introduction to the 4f elements, the lanthanides. Shapes and nature of the f-orbitals. Oxidation states and effects of the lanthanide contraction.
Extraction and isolation of the lanthanides. Solid state 4f element compounds, halides and oxides.
Divalent and tetravalent lanthanide compounds. Electronic configurations, magnetism and spectroscopy of lanthanide derivatives. Lanthanide coordination chemistry and shift reagents and use in organic synthesis. Organolanthanide chemistry and organometallic catalysis.
Actinide occurrence and synthesis. The 5f orbitals; comparison to lanthanide chemistry. Applications of actinide elements. Actinide oxidation states and coordination chemistry. Actinide spectroscopy and magnetism. Actinide organometallic chemistry.
A description of the chemistry of the second and third row d-block elements. The contrast between the chemistry of these heavier d-block elements with those of the first row. Selected chemistry of a d-block triad. Magnetic and spectroscopic properties of the complexes of compounds of these elements.
A discussion of the presence of metal-metal bonding in polynuclear d-block complexes and methods of electron counting in early and late transition metal clusters.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40127 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
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