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CHEM203 Main Group and Coordination Chemistry

Principles of main group chemistry illustrated by the chemistry of the hydrides and organometallic compounds of the Main Group elements. Basic coordination chemistry emphasising structure and bonding in coordination complexes. An introduction to lanthanides and to symmetry in chemistry.

CHEM 203 Main Group and Coordination Chemistry focuses on how the concepts and techniques of chemical science can be used to gain an understanding of the synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic molecules.

Paper title Main Group and Coordination Chemistry
Paper code CHEM203
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 or CHEM 112
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 111 and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 112)
Schedule C
Science
Contact
Associate Professor James D. Crowley
Tel 64 3 479 7731
Location: Science II, 2N10
jcrowley@chemistry.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor James D. Crowley
Professor Lyall R. Hanton, Professor Sally A. Brooker, Professor Keith C. Gordon, and Dr John McAdam
Paper Structure

The topics covered in CHEM 203 include:

  • Shape, Symmetry and Structure
    • Symmetry elements, symmetry operators and their consequences in discrete molecules
    • Point groups, character tables and their use in describing chemical bonding
    • An introduction to space groups

  • The Periodic Table and Chemical Bonding: Chemistry of some main group elements including main group organometallic chemistry
    • The periodic table, its history and development and periodic trends within the table
    • Theories of chemical bonding and the nature of bonding of organic groups to main group elements: σ-donor, π-donor
    • Bonding in main group compounds, with particular emphasis on the boron hydrides
    • Main group Lewis acids and bases and hard and soft acid and bases (HSAB) principles
    • Structural methods in main group chemistry - multinuclear NMR, IR and ESI-MS
    • Hapacity, metal alkyls, reactivity and β-elimination

  • Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
    • Transition metal (TM) complexes, the nature of TM ligand bonds and the classification of ligands
    • Stereochemistry and stereoisomerism in coordination compounds
    • Crystal-field theory, hole formalism and application to octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar geometries
    • Electronic spectra and magnetism as a tool to investigate the properties of co-ordination compounds
    • The Jahn-Teller effect and its consequences

  • Chemistry of Lanthanoids and their Complexes
    • Introduction to lanthanoid metals (Ln's) and Ln coordination compounds
    • The basis of two types of practical applications of Ln complexes: as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents and as luminescent materials

 

Teaching Arrangements
There are three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory class each week.
Textbooks
Highly Recommended:
Housecroft and Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry 4th edition
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Expectations at the completion of the course:
  • An appreciation of the breadth and excitement of modern inorganic chemistry and its relationship to the discipline of chemistry and other sciences
  • An understanding, through the selected lecture themes, of how concepts of bonding, co-ordination chemistry and solid-state structure can be used to predict and rationalise the synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds
  • Through self-directed learning, stimulation of students to evaluate the limitations and extensions of these concepts and apply them to examples from several disciplines
  • The attainment of practical, problem-solving and time-management skills
  • All students will have acquired knowledge and understanding of the foundation concepts of inorganic chemistry

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
P2 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
P3 Friday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41

Principles of main group chemistry illustrated by the chemistry of the hydrides and organometallic compounds of the Main Group elements. Basic coordination chemistry emphasising structure and bonding in coordination complexes. An introduction to lanthanides and to symmetry in chemistry.

CHEM 203 Main Group and Coordination Chemistry focuses on how the concepts and techniques of chemical science can be used to gain an understanding of the synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic molecules.

Paper title Main Group and Coordination Chemistry
Paper code CHEM203
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 or CHEM 112
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 111 and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 112)
Schedule C
Science
Contact

Professor James D. Crowley
Tel 64 3 479 7731
Location: Science II, 2N10
jcrowley@chemistry.otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor James D. Crowley
Professor Lyall R. Hanton, Professor Sally A. Brooker, Professor Keith C. Gordon, and Dr John McAdam

Paper Structure

The topics covered in CHEM 203 include:

  • Shape, Symmetry and Structure
    • Symmetry elements, symmetry operators and their consequences in discrete molecules
    • Point groups, character tables and their use in describing chemical bonding
    • An introduction to space groups

  • The Periodic Table and Chemical Bonding: Chemistry of some main group elements including main group organometallic chemistry
    • The periodic table, its history and development and periodic trends within the table
    • Theories of chemical bonding and the nature of bonding of organic groups to main group elements: σ-donor, π-donor
    • Bonding in main group compounds, with particular emphasis on the boron hydrides
    • Main group Lewis acids and bases and hard and soft acid and bases (HSAB) principles
    • Structural methods in main group chemistry - multinuclear NMR, IR and ESI-MS
    • Hapacity, metal alkyls, reactivity and β-elimination

  • Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
    • Transition metal (TM) complexes, the nature of TM ligand bonds and the classification of ligands
    • Stereochemistry and stereoisomerism in coordination compounds
    • Crystal-field theory, hole formalism and application to octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar geometries
    • Electronic spectra and magnetism as a tool to investigate the properties of co-ordination compounds
    • The Jahn-Teller effect and its consequences

  • Chemistry of Lanthanoids and their Complexes
    • Introduction to lanthanoid metals (Ln's) and Ln coordination compounds
    • The basis of two types of practical applications of Ln complexes: as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents and as luminescent materials

 

Teaching Arrangements
There are three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory class each week.
Textbooks
Highly Recommended:
Housecroft and Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry 4th edition
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Expectations at the completion of the course:
  • An appreciation of the breadth and excitement of modern inorganic chemistry and its relationship to the discipline of chemistry and other sciences
  • An understanding, through the selected lecture themes, of how concepts of bonding, co-ordination chemistry and solid-state structure can be used to predict and rationalise the synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds
  • Through self-directed learning, stimulation of students to evaluate the limitations and extensions of these concepts and apply them to examples from several disciplines
  • The attainment of practical, problem-solving and time-management skills
  • All students will have acquired knowledge and understanding of the foundation concepts of inorganic chemistry

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Friday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41