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The subject includes lecture and practical components. This lecture component is based on the Inorganic Chemistry lectures from the CHEM30016 course (12 lectures) and those from an approved module relating to Inorganic Chemistry chosen from the topics offered in CHEM30017 (12 lectures). A limited selection of the following topics will be offered, from which students choose one module:
- Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis,
- Metal chemistry: Principles and applications
- Complex Materials and Biophysical Chemistry,
- Supramolecular and Structural Inorganic Chemistry,
- Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should comprehend the concept of coordination for bonding and metal-ion reactivity, cluster molecules, organometallic species and metal-ion containing biomolecules. They should gain knowledge about the chemical processes occurring at the metal ion centre in catalytic processes ranging from synthetic and technological applications to biologically important enzymatic processes (for example photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and fuel cells); understand the reasons for the different types of structures observed for such molecules and have developed a knowledge of the procedures for determination of the structures via spectroscopic and related techniques. In addition, students should have an appreciation of the electronic structure of metal complexes; the structure of the solid state; and apply concepts developed in relation to small molecule chemistry to catalysis in biological and non-biological systems.
The practical component of this subject will consist of a number of experiments involving the synthesis and/or chemical and/or instrumental investigations of important classes of main group and transition metal coordination and organometallic compounds, chosen from practical experiments offered within the CHEM30015 course.
This subject will provide the student with the opportunity to establish and develop the following generic skills:
• an advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base, problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
• the ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding to the scientific community and in a manner accessible to the wider community;
• the ability to connect and apply the learnt concepts to a broad range of scientific problems beyond the scope of this subject;
• the ability to think critically and independently, and a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed work;
• the ability to problem-solving, and the ability to use conceptual models to rationalise observations;
• an ability to evaluate the research and professional literature;
• a capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in written presentations
Last updated: 11 February 2021