A new MSc and PhD course for the Spring semester 2018

Danish title

Videregående uorganisk kemi

Language of instruction




Course type

PhD, MSc


Wednesday 8-12


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 plus oral discussion on the curriculum.

Exam duration

20 minutes


Presentation: all. Discussion: none


Grade on 7-scale

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)


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.  

Course literature