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This course investigates some key areas of inorganic chemistry. An introduction to simple crystal structure types is given and important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, photocatalysts and zeolites are described. The concept of symmetry is introduced. Redox chemistry is developed in terms of Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams: their applications in modern technology and industry are emphasised, including batteries, fuel cells, corrosion, electrolysis and water purification. The key properties of transition metal complexes - shapes, colours and magnetism are described and analysed in terms of crystal field theory. Laboratory experiments are closely tied to the lecture materials.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
This course investigates some key areas of inorganic chemistry - the structures and properties of continuous solids, redox chemistry and an introduction to the transition metals. Models of close packing and other simple structure types are described for solids and concepts of symmetry are introduced. Redox chemistry is developed in terms of Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams and their applications in technology and industrial processes are emphasised. The key propeties of transition metal complexes - shapes, colours and magnetism are described and analysed in terms of crystal field theory. No maths beyond basic arithmetic is needed.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), laboratory assessment (25%), continuous assessment (15%).
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).