Inorganic Chemistry

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Inorganic Chemistry

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (CVB101 and CVB102) or (SCB111 and (SCB121 or CVB102))  

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit provides detailed coverage of the chemistry of inorganic compounds with particular emphasis on the bonding in complexes of transition metals, including valence bond theory and orbital hybridisation, coordination theory and crystal field theory. Aspects of molecular geometry and symmetry are also developed. The chemistry of inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes is introduced and explored deeply. The unit builds on the fundamental concepts introduced in the first year units “General Chemistry” and “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and prepares you for the final semester units “Coordination Chemistry” and the major capstone project “Chemical Research”.

    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit you will:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the chemistry of inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes and the synthesis and integration of this knowledge through critical reasoning.
    2 .Provide evidence of your appropriate expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical data.
    3. Evaluate chemical data through critical self-reflection and written communication of experimental results and conclusions.
    4. Produce appropriate visual representations of chemical phenomena and data for presentation, communication and debate of conceptually difficult concepts. 
    5. Demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of chemistry apparatus and equipment for the safe preparation of a range of inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes.


    This unit will commence by building on the foundation of chemistry provided in CVB101 and CVB102. You will revisit a number of topics previously introduced, but will build towards a deeper understanding of them through development of more complex scientific models and theories. This new understanding will then be applied to introduce you to the diverse array of inorganic and transition metal compounds with a focus on their interesting and unique chemical and physical properties. An overview of the topics covered follows.

    Fundamental Concepts: Quantum theory, atomic absorption and emission, electronic structure and periodic trends in properties such as atomic and ionic size, ionisation energy and electronegativity.

    Chemical Bonding: Theories of bonding with particular relevance to inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes including valence bond theory and orbital hybridisation, molecular orbital theory, coordination theory and crystal field theory.

    Acid-Base Theory: Acid-Base chemistry will be explored, compared and contrasted for Brønsted, Lewis, and Hard/Soft acid-base (HSAB) theories.

    Nuclear Properties and Reactions: Nuclear properties of the elements will be introduced including the common forms of natural radioactive decay as well as synthesis of elements through fission and fusion reactions of nuclides and the kinetic factors that describe their lifetimes. 

    Transition Metal Chemistry: The chemistry of the d-block transition metals and their complexes will be explored in detail to gain understanding of their structure, symmetry, isomerism, chirality and reactivity. Understanding of the characteristic optical and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes will be developed using modern spectroscopic techniques supported by theories of electronic structure and bonding developed earlier in the unit.

    Descriptive Chemistry: The classical chemistry of inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes focussed on main group, 1st-3rd row transition metals and the f-block metals will be compared and contrasted.

    Laboratory Skills: Laboratory exercises and workshops will provide knowledge and understanding of the correct methods for the experimental synthesis and handling of inorganic compounds, transition metal complexes and their characterisation using modern spectroscopic techniques.

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