University College Dublin
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis course will further your knowledge in the basics of inorganic chemistry. This includes a discussion of
different types of bonding, geometrical and steric considerations. Trends across the periodic table will be
highlighted, and examples cited to illustrate the relevance of these concepts to applied fields. The course
will concentrate on the properties and reactivity of metal centres, including an introduction to crystal field
and ligand field theory, and a mechanistic discussion of ligand substitution and redox reactions, the major
reactivity patterns at the metal centre. This material will be connected to macroscopic properties such as
magnetism and colour, and to modern applications, e.g. in sustainable energy and biochemical processes.
The lectures will cover the following topics: Chemical bonding in inorganic compounds ? valence bond theory (VSEPR) ? Isomerization & Symmetry ? Acid-base reactions (Brønsted) ? Lewis acids and bases ?
Ligands and ligand classes, and electron counting ? Electronic consequences of ligand bonding (crystal field theory & ligand field theory, incl a supershort introduction to molecular orbital theory) ? Reactions
at the metal (I): substitutions ? Reactions at the metal (II): reductions and oxidations ? the metal-carbon bond: organometallic chemistry.
The laboratory part of this course involves synthesis and characterisation of
transition metal complexes and analytical inorganic chemistry. Several transition metal acac complexes and a
silver phosphorus ylide complex will be synthesized. The analytical part involves permanganate and EDTA
titrations and uv/vis determination of Fe(III) via thiocyanate formation.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.