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CODE 39612
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR CHIM/03
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER Annual
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course of Complements of Inorganic Chemistry concerns some advanced topics of inorganic chemistry, including both an in-depth study of topics already covered by the students of a master's course, such as coordination chemistry, and the presentation of new compounds such as organometallic compounds, clusters and inorganic compounds of biological interest. In this course the group theory connected to symmetry is introduced and applied to various aspects, common to all classes of treated compounds, such as vibrations, IR, Raman and UV-visible spectroscopies and molecular orbitals.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with an in-depth study of some advanced and innovative themes of inorganic chemistry. The aim of the teaching is that the participants develop an understanding of the main aspects of coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, clusters chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. In the practical part of the teaching the skills will be developed to conduct group experiments, concerning the preparation of compounds treated in the theoretical part, and to write reports on laboratory activities.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide the student with knowledge on some specific and advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry, concerning coordination chemistry, metallorganic chemistry, clusters chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.

The knowledge acquired in the lectures is applied to the laboratory activity, during which the student will become familiar with the synthesis and characterization of selected compounds belonging to the aforementioned classes.

At the end of the teaching and individual study, the student will have acquired theoretical knowledge on the structure, bonding and reactivity of inorganic compounds and will improve the practical handling skills (in compliance with current safety standards) of some of these compounds by means of their preparation and characterization with instrumental techniques.

PREREQUISITES

Being a master's course on inorganic chemistry, the following basic knowledge is required, provided in fundamental courses of the bachelor degree courses in chemistry:

- basic thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of chemical reactions

-  chemical bond models

- structural formulas and molecular geometries

- fundamental aspects of coordination chemistry

This knowledge is taken for granted and constitutes the basis for understanding the topics of the course and taking the exam.

TEACHING METHODS

The course (8 credits of which 2.5 laboratory credits) consists of lectures, covering both theoretical aspects and classroom exercises, and practical exercises in the laboratory. The explanations, where possible, are accompanied by the use of appropriate software and interactive websites (for example for the visualization of elements and operations of symmetry, vibrations and molecular orbitals) which make the understanding of some of the topics more immediate and effective treated.

The laboratory exercises, which must be attended, require the presentation of an individual report.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Symmetry and group theory (symmetry elements and operations, point groups and molecular symmetry). Applications of group theory: vibrational analysis, molecular orbitals of simple and complex molecules. Advanced coordination chemistry: bonding, electronic spectra and reactions. Metallorganic chemistry: carbonyl complexes and with CO-related ligands, metal-olefin complexes, allyl derivatives, metallocenes, alkyl, carbene and carbine complexes. Stoichiometric reactions of organometallic complexes and catalysis. Clusters. Boranes, heteroboranes, metalloboranes. Carbonyl clusters. High valence clusters. Multiple metal-metal bonds. Some aspects of bioinorganic chemistry: biochemistry of iron, biochemistry of other metals such as Zn, Cu, Co.

Laboratory experiences:

Preparation of cis and trans [Mo(CO)4(PPh3)2] coordination compounds;

Preparation of Fe (η5-C5H5)2. Purification and characterization. Ferrocene acetylation

Preparation and thermochromic luminescence of copper (I) -pyridine-iodide clusters

Preparation and characterization of the carbonyl cluster Fe3(CO)12

Preparation of a model compound of vitamin B12 and its methylation

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Material distributed by the teacher, available on the AulaWeb site
  • Chimica Inorganica, G.L.Miessler, D.A.Tarr, Edizioni Piccin
  • Chimica Inorganica, Principi, Strutture, Reattività J.E.Huheey, E.A.Keiter, R.L.Keiter, Edizioni Piccin
  • Chimica Inorganica, D.F.Shriver, P.W.Atkins, C.H.Langford, Edizioni Zanichelli
  • The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, R.H.Crabtree, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Group Theory for Chemists: Fundamental Theory and Applications, Kieran C Molloy, Woodhead Publishing, 2nd edition
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life, W. Kaim, B. Schwederski, A. Klein, John Wiley & Sons

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

SERENA DE NEGRI (President)

SIMONA DELSANTE

PAVLO SOLOKHA (President Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

 From 16th October, 2023

Class schedule

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EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam is oral, it is always conducted by two teachers and lasts approximately 45 minutes

ASSESSMENT METHODS

With the examination methods indicated above, the commission is able to verify with high accuracy the achievement of the teaching objectives. During the interview, which will focus on both the theoretical aspects of the teaching and the practical part of the laboratory, the knowledge acquired by the student will be evaluated, as well as his / her ability to show and link different topics. The reports on laboratory activities are also taken into account in the final evaluation. When the objectives are not achieved, the student is invited to deepen the study and to make use of further explanations by the teachers.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
30/01/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
13/02/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
20/06/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
04/07/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
22/07/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
17/09/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale
03/10/2024 09:00 GENOVA Orale

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