Inorganic Chemistry

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Inorganic Chemistry

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CH101, CH102

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Introduction to coordination chemistry, solid state chemistry and the
    advanced chemistry of the s-Block metals.

    This module covers the following important areas in chemistry:

    (i) Coordination Chemistry: Introduction to transition elements. Historical
    development of coordination chemistry and definitions. Coordination numbers
    and structure drawing. Naming complexes and isomerism. Bonding in metal
    complexes. Formation and stability of complexes. Ligand substitution and the
    trans effect in complex synthesis. Electron transfer reactions. Metal ions
    and chelating agents in medicine.

    (ii) Types and structures of crystalline solids. Solid state energetics
    - Born-Haber cycles and lattice energies. Hydrogen, electronegativity,
    relative sizes of H+, and H-, hydrogen compounds across the periodic table,
    bond energies in the hydrides, hydrogen bonding. Chemistry of the Group 1
    metals, factors influencing the solubility of Group 1 salts in polar
    solvents, Fajan's rules, similarity in chemistry of Li+ and Mg2+ (diagonal
    relationship). Solutions of metals in liquid ammonia. s-Block metal
    complexes, monodenate and multidentate ligands, macrocyclic ligands, e.g.
    crown ethers and cryptands. Chemistry of the Group 2 metals, why the +2
    oxidation state predominates, solubility of Group 2 salts, the degree of
    covalency in their bonding, similarity in chemistry of Be2+ and Al3+
    (diagonal relationship).

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