Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 

A new MSc and PhD course for the Spring semester 2018

Danish title: Videregående uorganisk kemi

Language of instruction: English

Point (ECTS): 5

Course type: PhD, MSc

Schedule: To be agreed with the participants

Location: Campus Lyngby

Scope and form
: Lectures, discussions, journal club, literature studies, presentations

Duration of course
: 13 weeks

Date of examination
: To be agreed with the participants

Type of assessment: Take-home assignment and subsequent oral presentation

Exam duration
: To be agreed with the participants

Aid: all

: fail or pass, external examiner

Participants restrictions: minimum 5

Recommended prerequisites
: Knowledge of inorganic chemistry at an intermediate level, e.g. 26124, or equivalent.

: Kasper Steen Pedersen (kastp@kemi.dtu.dk), Martin Nielsen (marnie@kemi.dtu.dk)

Department: 26 Department of Chemistry

Registration sign up: To Kasper Steen Pedersen (kastp@kemi.dtu.dk, R226, B207)

General course objectives

To give in-depth knowledge of the descriptive inorganic chemistry of the d- and f-block elements and their most important coordination compounds, organometallic chemistry, transition metal chemistry in relation to homogeneous catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, and metal-organic frameworks. Furthermore, the participants will be introduced to the standard physical and spectroscopic characterization techniques for inorganic and organometallic compounds. Critical reading and analysis of contemporary scientific literature will be an integral part of the course.

Learning objectives
The student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

- account for the periodic trends in chemical and physical properties of the d-block elements and their compounds.
- describe in detail the electronic structure and its relation to the chemical structure and reactivity in classical, low-valent, and high-valent d-metal complexes.
- describe the chemical and physical properties of the lanthanides and actinides
- discuss the concepts of ligand activation, redox-active ligands, and small molecule activation
- account for the relevance of transition metal ion properties in homogeneous catalysis
- account for the principles and applicability of the most common thermodynamic and spectroscopic characterization techniques in inorganic chemistry.
- critically assess scientific articles within the field of inorganic chemistry and transition metal-based homogeneous catalysis.  


The chemistry of the d- and f-elements is treated comprehensively with particular focus on periodic trends, reactivity, and characterization. This includes organometallic chemistry that lays the foundation for the homogeneous catalysis seen from the transition metal ion perspective. The course is largely based on discussion of scientific articles with a focus on critical assessment of published results.  

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