CHEMY303-22B (HAM)

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This 15 point paper covers aspects of inorganic chemistry including second and third row transition metals, lanthanides and actinides, solid state chemistry and organometallic chemistry.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through:

- 24 lectures (delivered on line)

- six three hour laboratory sessions

- an assignment relating to heavy transition metal, lanthanide and actinide chemistry

- an assignment relating to solid state chemistry.

A one-hour tutorial will be held each week to discuss various aspects of the course, including revision of lecture content.

Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe the ways in which carbon-based ligands (CO, alkenes, alkynes) bond to transition metals, and will understand the structural and spectroscopic consequences arising from these bonding models.
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  • Describe and explain aspects of solid state chemistry, in particular the structures and energetics of simple salts
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  • Describe important freatures and trends in the chemistry of the 4d and 5d metals, and provide comparisons with the corresponding 3d elements.
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  • Describe the principles behind the extraction, separation and purification of the lanthanide and actinide elements.
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  • Account for the general features in the coordination and organometallic chemistry of the lanthanide and actinide elements, and important applications of these elements
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  • Be able to perform a synthetic inorganic chemistry project.

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  • Be able to interpret NMR, IR and mass spectral data, and other data as appropriate.
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  • Be able to write a report detailing their work in the style of an academic journal (e.g. Dalton Transactions)
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The assessment for the paper is based on a final examination (40%) and internal assessments: two assignments (worth 10% and 15%) and laboratory performance and report (35%).
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment: Solid State Chemistry
19 Aug 2022
4:30 PM
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
2. Assignment: Heavy Transition Metals, Lanthanides and Actinides
16 Sep 2022
4:30 PM
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
3. Laboratory Project
3 Oct 2022
5:00 PM
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4. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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A. F. Hill; Organotransition Metal Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry tutorial chemistry text no. 7.

C. Elschenbroich and A. Salzer, Organometallics, VCH

G. E. Rodgers; Descriptive Inorganic, Coordination, and Solid-state Chemistry, Brooks/Cole, caps. 7 and 8

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page ( where you will be able to access lecture material, problem sets with answers etc. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. All lectures are recorded via Panopto and are available through Moodle.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to regularly check the site and your appropriate e-mail account. Instructions provided on Moodle and during lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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150 hours is required for this 15 point paper: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, 18 hours of laboratory project, and the remaining time to be spent on the assignments and in personal study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: CHEMY203 or CHEM211 and CHEM213




Restricted papers: CHEM303, CHEM311, CHEM313

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