Chemistry 414: Coordination Chemistry of the Transition Elements

Course Level: 
Fourth Year
Academic Year: 

Structures and Isomers of Coordination Complexes – 3 lectures
Reading:  M & T* Chapter 9

            Coordination Numbers and Structures
            Symmetry Considerations

Bonding in Coordination Complexes – 3 lectures
Reading:  M & T Chapter 10

            Valence Bond Theory
            Crystal Field Theory
            Molecular-Orbital Theory

Physical Methods for Characterization of Coordination Complexes – 4 lectures
Reading:  M & T Various Sections

            Diffraction Methods – X-Ray and Neutron
            Absorption Spectroscopy – UV-vis, IR, and Raman
            Resonance Techniques – NMR, EPR, and Mössbauer
            Ionization-based Techniques – Photoelectron, and MS
            Chemical Analysis – AA, EA, and Thermal Methods
            Magnetometry, Electrochemical, and Computational Techniques

Reactions of Coordination Compounds – Substitution Processes – 5 lectures
Reading:  M & T Chapter 12

            Inert and Labile Compounds
            Mechanisms of Substitution
            Stereochemistry of Reactions
            Synthetic Applications

Reactions of Coordination Compounds – Redox Processes – 5 lectures
Reading:  M & T Chapter 12

            Inner-Sphere Mechanism
            Outer-Sphere Mechanism
                        Marcus-Hush Theory for Self-Exchange Reactions
                        The Inverted Region
            Mixed-valence Compounds
            Synthetic Applications
Electronic Spectra of Coordination Complexes – 9 lectures
Reading:  M & T Chapter 11

            Ligand Field Theory – Origins of d-Orbital Splitting
            Multielectron Atoms and Term Symbols
            Selection Rules for Electronic Transitions
            Orgel Diagrams
            Tanabe-Sugano Diagrams
            The Spectrochemical Series
            Charge-Transfer Spectra

Applications of Coordination Complexes

            Student Oral Presentations

*M & T refers to the required textbook for this course, namely “Inorganic Chemistry”, Third Edition, by Gary L. Miessler and Donald A. Tarr, Pearson Prentice Hall Publishers, 2004.