(An Introductory course at UWI, Mona, JAMAICA) by Prof.
A note about On-line course information
CHEM1902 Main Group Chemistry. 6 Lectures
CHEM1902 Coordination Chemistry. 6 Lectures
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most of this material are available for download from OURVLE.
- Lecture 1. Introduction to Transition Metal Ions and Coordination
Chemistry. The Periodic Table
d-orbital occupation and electronic configuration of
M2+ ions, common oxidation numbers and their colours.
General properties of TM Elements. Useful Definitions - ligand, chelate,
coordination number etc. Examples of
common ligands available in PDF format
- Lecture 2. Review of Common
Stereochemistries (CN = 2..12). Examples given for each
type, available in PDF format
- Lecture 3. Introduction to Crystal Field
Theory. Shapes of d-orbitals, the energy of the d-orbitals with respect to
the effect of octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar crystal fields.
- Lecture 4. Consequences of CFT. High-spin,
Low-spin complexes and the spectrochemical series.
Magnetic Moments of octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar
- Lecture 5. Stability of Metal Complexes.
The difference between
Kinetic and Thermodynamic stability. Stepwise
formation constants. Chelation and the
- Lecture 6. Isomerism.
Stereoisomerism and Structural isomerism, available in
- Nomenclature of Coordination
Complexes. This will not be covered in lectures, but is
required for successful completion of the course. See an example
of how you can develop a systematic
approach to naming and drawing complexes.
Tutorial questions and problem papers
A number of questions and problems relating to this course are available
Main Group and
'Inorganic Chemistry' - C. Housecroft and A.G. Sharpe, Prentice Hall, 4th Ed.,
2012, ISBN13: 978-0273742753, Main Group pps 24-27, 43-50,
172-176, 552-558, 299-301, 207-212
Coordination Chemistry Sections 7.11, 7.12 and parts of Chapters 19 and 20
'Basic Inorganic Chemistry' - F.A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson and P.L.
Gaus, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 3rd Ed., 1994.
'Introduction to Modern Inorganic Chemistry' - K.M. Mackay, R.A.
Mackay and W. Henderson, International Textbook Company, 5th Ed., 1996.
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