Lecturers and Teaching Assistants
Dr. Michael Montag
Course Schedule and Location
Monday, 11:15 - 13:00, FGS, Rm A
Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points
Chemical Sciences: Lecture; Elective; Core; 3.00 points
Chemical Sciences (Materials Science Track): Lecture; Elective; Core; 3.00 points
Will be taught via Zoom starting April 19th.
Courses that are attended by less than 4 students will be cancelled.
Undergraduate degree in Chemistry (BSc or equivalent).
Attendance and participation
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Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)
- Introduction to coordination chemistry: The central atom and the ligand, the coordinate (dative) bond, historical background, coordination compounds in chemistry and beyond, basic nomenclature.
- Molecular symmetry: Symmetry elements and operations, point groups, group representations (reducible and irreducible), character tables, applications of symmetry concepts in coordination chemistry.
- Bonding in coordination compounds: Lewis acidity and basicity (donors and acceptors), Crystal Field Theory, Ligand Field Theory, electronic and magnetic properties of complexes.
- Ligand types: Classification of ligands, denticity and hapticity, representative ligand families.
- Structural aspects: Coordination numbers and geometry, stereochemistry, isomerism, metal-metal bonds, clusters.
- Reactivity of complexes: Thermodynamics and kinetics, stability and lability, trans-effect and trans-influence, oxidative addition and reductive elimination, steric and electronic factors, redox reactions.
- Physical methods in coordination chemistry: Select spectroscopic techniques (UV-vis, NMR, IR), crystallography.
- Applications of coordination compounds: Catalysis, biology and medicine.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Recognize the symmetry elements in a given complex, identify its point group, and demonstrate knowledge of relevant symmetry-related applications.
- Demonstrate general comprehension of bonding models in coordination compounds.
- Classify ligands according to their structural and electronic properties, and show familiarity with ligand families.
- Explain and predict the coordination geometry of simple complexes based on their coordination numbers and electronic properties.
- Analyze and predict reactivity patterns in simple complexes, based on their composition, structure and electronic properties.
- Demonstrate familiarity with physical techniques that are used to characterize complexes.
- Provide representative examples for the application of coordination compounds.
- J. E. Huheey, E. A. Keiter, R. L. Keiter, Inorganic Chemistry: Principles of Structure and Reactivity, 4th ed., 1993.
- G. A. Lawrance, Introduction to Coordination Chemistry, 2010.
- J. R. Gispert, Coordination Chemistry, 2008.
- M. Hargittai, I. Hargittai, Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist, 3rd ed., 2009.