Chemistry 515: Structure and Bonding in Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Chemistry 515: Structure and Bonding in Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Chemistry 453, Spring 2010: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Lecture = 10:00 MWF, SGM 121, Discussion section = 12:00 F, SGM 121

Prof: Mark Thompson, TA: Cong Trinh

Chem. 453 is an advanced course in Inorganic Chemistry. The intent of this course is to give you a comprehensive picture of Inorganic chemistry. The course will start with a general discussion of periodic trends and the periodic table. Ligand types and very simple bonding pictures will be presented as a precursor to standard classification schemes for metal complexes. The goal is to be able to determine a priori if a given complex is apt to be stable. We will then develop a detailed picture of structure and bonding, with emphasis on a molecular orbital picture of bonding. We will discuss both traditional inorganic complexes as well as organometallics. We will also discuss the structure and bonding of solid state materials, as well as their application to solid state devices, such as solar cells and LEDs. Next we will introduce nanoscience and discuss in the context of the theoretical picture we have developed in the course. We will finish the course with a discussion of mechanistic chemistry, covering substitution, organometallic and electron transfer reactions.

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Text:Miessler & Tarr, “Inorganic Chemistry” (Third Edition)

Supplemental Texts:> Greenwood & Earnshaw, “Chemistry of the Elements”
> Huheey, “Inorganic Chemistry”
> Shriver, Atkins & Langford, “Inorganic Chemistry”

Office/Contact:Thompson: 268 L.J. Stabler Lab, phone: 740-6402, E-mail: .
Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11:30-12:30

Hanson: 362 L.J. Stabler Lab, phone: 740-9809, E-mail:
Office hours: TBD

Grading:Problem sets: 10% (assigned weekly, reviewed in discussion section)
Midterms (2):50% (tentatively February 26th and April 7th)
Final:40% (May 10, 8-10 AM)

• Introduction, atomic theory, periodic table and trends (Chapts. 1 and 2)

• Ligand types for inorganic complexes, (Chapt. 3 and handouts)
- electronic structure and polarity of ligands

• Classification of metal complexes (hand-outs + Chapts. 8, 9 and 13)
- MLX scheme, Oxidation and valence states, 18-electron rule

• Bonding in metal complexes, acid/base -> molecular orbitals
- Group theory (Chapt. 4)
- Molecular orbitals (Chapt. 5)
- General classification of ligands, acid-base / donor-acceptor (Chapt. 6)

• Structure and bonding (Chapts. 9, 10, 13)

• Solid State Chemistry (Handouts and Chapt. 7)

• Solid State Theory, Band Structure, Density of States, etc. (Handouts)

• Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices (Handouts)

• Nanoscience and Nanomaterials (Handouts)

• Reaction mechanisms for metal complexes (Chapts. 12 & 14)
Substitution chemistry of coordination complexes (Chapt. 12)
Organometallic reactions (Chapt. 14)
Electron transfer reactions (Chapt. 12 + hand-outs)

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