CHEM 3101. Inorganic Chemistry
Course Outline 2009/2010

1. Symmetry and Group Theory (8 Lectures, 2 Questions)
  1. Symmetry Elements and Operations
  2. Point Groups
  3. Group Multiplication Table
  4. Group Representations
  5. Character Tables
  6. Reducible and irreducible representations
  7. Applications
2. The Chemistry of Hydrogen and Hydrides (4 Lectures, 1 Question)
  1. Nuclear properties of hydrogen
  2. 1H, 2H and 3H and their use e.g. in NMR spectroscopy
  3. H-bomb and radioactive tracing
  4. Reactions of hydrogen
  5. Structures, thermodynamic stability, preparation and reactions of hydrides of the d-and p-block elements
  6. Stabilization of weak covalent bonds of hydrogen with d-and p-block elements
3. Oxygen and oxides (4 Lectures, 1 Question)
  1. Molecular oxygen and its properties
  2. Coordination and compounds of oxygen
  3. Stability of oxidation states of oxides in main groups
  4. Acid-base behavior of oxides
  5. Oxides of groups 13 and 14: structure and applications
  6. Important ternary oxides- ferroelectrics (perovskites), superconducting and phosphor ceramics
4. Halogens and Halides (4 Lectures, 1 Question)
Chapter 17
  1. Occurrence, extraction and uses of the halogens.
  2. Properties of the halogens
  3. Stability of halides in various oxidation states
  4. Hydrogen halides
  5. Interhalogen compounds - their preparation, structures and stabilities
  6. Oxo-halides and Oxo-acids and their salts
Tutorial Questions
Notes from Prof Bakir for 2008-2009

5. Organometallics Chemistry of Main Group Elements (4 Lectures, 1 Question)
Chapter 19
  1. Classification of organometallic compounds
  2. Formation of M-C bonds and their stability to hydrolysis and oxidation
  3. Structure and properties of lower alkyls of group 1 metals
  4. Synthesis, structure and reactions of Be, Al, B and Mg compounds including Grignard reagents
  5. Properties and uses of Zn and Sn organometallic compounds
  6. "MenAs", Me2Hg and Et4Pb
Tutorial Questions
Notes from Prof Bakir 2008-2009

1. "Inorganic Chemistry" - C. Housecroft and A.G. Sharpe, Prentice Hall, 3rd Ed., Dec 2007, ISBN13: 978-0131755536, ISBN10: 0131755536.

Additional Reading Material
1. F. A. Cotton and G. Wilkinson, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley
2. N. N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw, Chemistry of the Elements, Butterworth/Heineman
3. B. Douglas, D. H. McDaniel, Concepts and Models in Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley.
4. A. Vincent, Molecular symmetry and group theory, Wiley.
5. F. A. Cotton, Chemical Applications of group theory, Wiley.

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