CH-222 / 2 credits
Teacher: Queen Wendy Lee
Fundamental knowledge of coordination compounds.
Chapters 1-2, 4-5 are given in English. Chapter 3 is given in English.
1. Coordination complexes: concepts, nomenclature, structure and isomers
2. The preparation and stability of complexes: Ligand substitution, thermodynamic stability, hard-soft acid-base theory, structural aspects of stability
3. Bonding in coordination compounds: atomic orbitals (reminder), crystal filed theory, ligand field theory, molecular orbitals
4. Properties of coordination compounds: optical properties, explanation of electronic spectra, magnetic properties, magnetic measurements
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Recall typical ligands; name typical coordination compounds and describe their geometryJudge the existence of isomers and draw such isomers; Calculate the oxidation states of metals and the number of d electrons.
- Apply soft-hard acid-base theory to predict the stability of complexes; interpret chelate effect; determine the relative stability of complexes according to structural factors.
- Deduce the crystal field splitting diagram for octahedral, tetrahedral, and square planar complexes; decide the electronic configuration. Generate the ligand field diagram for octahedral complexes.
- Decide if a complex is high spin or low spin using ligand field theory; understand and explain the spectrochemical series.
- Estimate the spin-only magnetic moment of complexes according to ligand field theory; Determine whether an electronic transition is allowed and the intensity of such transition.
1 compulsory test during the semester.
Final grade: 30% for test + 70% for final written exam
In the programs
- Semester: Spring
- Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
- Subject examined: Coordination chemistry
- Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks