TERM:2020-21 Winter
COURSE TITLE: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Alyxandra Thiessen
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the structure, bonding, and reactivity of main group and transition metal compounds based on an understanding of molecular symmetry and molecular orbital theory. It also introduces more detailed descriptions of the reactivity of transition metal complexes and their role in catalysis.

Prerequisites: CHEM 341, 371
COURSE MATERIALS: Miessler, G. L. and Tarr, D. A. Inorganic Chemistry, 5th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey 2014.
Laboratory 20%
Assignments 10%
Journal 10%
Weekly Summary5%
Midterm 1 15%
Midterm 2 15%
Final Exam 20%
  • A. Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
    • 1. Develop an understanding of key concepts used to describe bonding in inorganic compounds
    • 2. Use the terminology and mathematical formalisms for describing symmetry, molecular orbitals and electronic spectra
    • 3. Use the ideas developed for describing symmetry and character tables to discuss the geometry of molecules.
    • 4. Connect the core ideas of symmetry and character tables to experimental techniques such as IR spectroscopy.
    • 5. Using quantum mechanical principles, demonstrate an ability to construct molecular orbitals for different molecules using the ideas of symmetry.
    • 6. Create energy level diagrams for diatomic, triatomic, and polyatomic molecules.
    • 7. Extend the ideas of crystal field theory to ligand field theory and describe the energy levels of common transition metal compounds
    • 8. Interpret UV/Vis spectra of transition metal compounds using symmetry and ligand field theory
    • 9. Develop an understanding of the way NMR can be used to study inorganic compounds including the use of multi-nuclear NMR
    • 10. Understand key concepts of organometallic chemistry and write out key types of reaction mechanisms
    • 11. Describe the structure and function of important transition metal catalysts.
  • B. Knowledge of methodologies
    • 1. Interpret the IR spectra of organometallic compounds
    • 2. Collect and interpret multi-nuclear NMR spectra of spin and quadrupolar nuclei
    • 3. Interpret the UV/Vis spectra of transition metal compounds
    • 4. Demonstrate the lab skills for handling air sensitive reactions
  • C. Application of Knowledge
    • 1. Apply an understanding of the theories, models, concepts, and tools of chemistry to explain and predict structures and reactions
    • 2. Apply MO theory to describe reactivity, UV/Vis spectra, and structure
    • 3. Apply the understanding of organometallic and catalytic reaction mechanisms to bio-inorganic chemistry
    • 4. Draw connections bewteen catalysis and the power of chemistry to transform the world, with the potential to both harm and help the creation.
  • D. Communication skills
    • 1. Improve written and formatting skills
    • 2. Work in teams to perform laboratory experiments, read and asses the primary and secondary literature.
    • 3. Develop an ability to mentor and train younger chemistry students
  • E. Awareness of the limits of knowledge
    • 1. Appreciate how Molecular orbital theory is a model of the molecular and atomic world
    • 2. Understand the limits of MO theory
    • 3. Relate the way we use models for describing the molecular world to the way we use mental models in other areas of thinking; theology, politics, literature, etc.
    • 4. Know how spectroscopic technique provide evidence for models and when those models are effective and ineffective for describing experimental results
    • 5. Understand how inorganic chemistry has changed the way society uses molecules and its central place in the modern chemical industry.
  • F. Maturity and professional capacity
    • 1. Train students in using the primary literature
    • 2. Train students in basic laboratory technique
    • 3. Edit and comment on student reports
    • 4. Encourage, evaluate, and critique student learning.
    • 5. Work effectively with others in various situations, including the laboratory setting, classroom, and out of class work.
    • 6. Act with integrity at all times, showing respect grace and forgiveness to everyone in your learning communities.
    • 7. Reflect on their role as stewards of creation and the use of catalytic chemistry to perform chemical reactions at the lab and industrial scale.
LECTURE OUTLINE: Structure, symmetry and bonding
  • Chapter 2: Atomic Structure
  • Chapter 3: Simple Bonding Theory
  • Chapter 4: Symmetry
  • Chapter 5: Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Chapter 6: MO theory and Donor-Acceptor Chemistry
  • Applications of MO theory
Ligand field theory and spectroscopy of T-metal complexes
  • Chapter 10: Coordination Chemistry - Bonding
  • Chapter 11: Electronic spectroscopy
  • Application of ligand field theory
Using T-metal chemistry
  • Multinuclear NMR In Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chapter 13: Organometallic Chemistry
  • Chapter 14: Catalysis
SEMINAR OUTLINE: Labs will be held Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. Information about the lab including any prelabs will be distributed the previous week. This will allow us to adjust lab timings to more closely follow the class material. Prelabs for the Wednesday lab will be due Monday morning and will be returned to you Wednesday morning.
There will be two types of labs, theoretical/computational labs where we will explore inorganic chemistry from an atomic and molecular perspective, as well as synthetic labs where we will learn some of the basic techniques for preparing inorganic compounds.
Structure, symmetry and bonding
  • 1) Understanding Atomic orbitals and MO’s of diatomics using Spartan
  • 2) Mentoring intro students
  • 3) Lewis acid-Base Computational Lab
Ligand field theory and spectroscopy of T-metal complexes
  • 4) Synthesis of Manganese carbonyl compounds (3 weeks)
  • 5) Electronic spectroscopy of chromium compounds
Characterizing T-metal compounds
  • 6) Synthesis of Co(en3)Cl3

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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