CHM3941 - Advanced inorganic chemistry - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Philip Wai Hong Chan


Professor Phillip Andrews

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


CHM2911. Students without this should consult the third year coordinator.


A general description of the synthetic methods and characterization techniques that are used to prepare coordination complexes and organometallic compounds will be provided together with the tools and methodologies used in the determination of reaction mechanisms and, in particular, metal centred/mediated reactions. Techniques commonly used to study the structure and properties of inorganic complexes will be introduced through the practical classes and a problem based approach.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Derive the structural chemistry of transition metal complexes using various analytical techniques;
  2. Apply knowledge of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics to the stability of transition metal complexes;
  3. Describe and undertake the synthesis and characterisation of main group organometallic complexes;
  4. Understand and demonstrate the relationship between reactivity, selectivity and structure in main group organometallic complexes;
  5. Apply main group organometallic complexes in the asymmetric synthesis of bioactive molecules.


Examination (2 hours): 50% (Hurdle)

One mid-semester examination: 20%

Laboratory work and short laboratory reports and proforma reports: 30% (Hurdle)

To pass this unit a student must achieve a minimum score of 50% in the laboratory practical component and a minimum of 30% for the end-of-semester exam.

Supplementary assessment is not available for the lab practical component.

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour workshops, one hour directed independent study and the equivalent of 3 hours of laboratory activity per week

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