Textbook: ‘Inorganic Chemistry’ 4th or 5th Edition by Shriver & Atkins

Reference Books:

  • ‘Inorganic Chemistry’ Miessler and Tarr
  • ‘Inorganic Chemistry’ Huheey – Keiter & Keiter
  • ‘Inorganic Chemistry’ Houscroft & Sharpe
  • ‘Basic Inorganic Chemistry’ Cotton, Wilkinson & Gaus
  • ‘Advanced Inorganic Chemistry’ Cotton & Wilkinson
  • Also check the inorganic chemistry books in the reference section of the library.

Topics to be covered:

1. Molecular Symmetry (1st and 2nd weeks)

  • Symmetry operations and symmetry elements
  • Symmetry labels and character tables
  • Symmetries of molecular vibrations
  • The reduction of a representation (projection operator)
  • The symmetries of orbitals

2. Acids and Bases (3rd week)

  • Bronsted Acids (Peridoic trends in aqua acids)(Oxoacids)
  • Lewis Acids (Hard and soft acids and bases) (Thermodynamic acidity parameters)

3. Oxidation and Reduction (4th week)

  • Reduction potentials (Redox half-reactions, the Nernst equation)
  • The diagrammatic representation of potential data (Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams)

4. d-Metal complexes (5th– 6th weeks)

  • Oxidation states
  • Structural trends
  • Nomenclature
  • Crystal-field theory
  • Ligand-field theory

5. Electronic spectra of complexes (7th– 8th weeks)

  • Electronic spectra of atoms
  • Term symbols
  • Electronic spectra of complexes
  • Charge-transfer bands
  • Selection rules and intensities

6. Reaction mechanisms of d-metal complexes (9th-10th weeks)

  • Ligand substitution in square-planar complexes
  • Ligand substitution in octahedral complexes
  • Redox reactions
  • Photochemical reactions

7. d-metal organometallic chemistry (11th–12th weeks)

  • Bonding
  • Ligands (CO, phosphines, hydrides, dihydrogen compounds, alkene,allyl ligand,cyclopentadiene, carbenes and others)
  • Metallocenes
  • Metal-metal bonding,metal clusters

8. Catalysis (13th week)

  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Heterogeneous catalysis