529-0131-00L  Inorganic Chemistry IV: (Nano-)Materials; Synthesis, Properties and Surface Chemistry

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersC. Copéret, A. Comas Vives, W. Höland
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


529-0131-00 GInorganic Chemistry IV: (Nano-)Materials; Synthesis, Properties and Surface Chemistry3 hrs
Wed08:45-09:30HCI J 4 »
Thu10:45-12:30HCI J 4 »
C. Copéret, A. Comas Vives, W. Höland

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AbstractIntroduction into Solid State Chemistry, to the synthesis and properties of solids and to Nanomaterials.
ObjectiveIntroduction into solid compounds and nanomaterials: syntheses, properties and applications.
Content1. Generalities1
How do we apprehend a solid? Bulk vs. Surface
Texture, Surface area (N2 adsorption, BET), Crystallinity (X-ray diffraction), Surface functionalities (IR, NMR), Acidity/Basicity (Probe molecules: pyridine, CO, CO2), Point of Zero Electric Charge
2. Silica: from crystalline to amorphous materials1
2.1 Structure (Polymorphs: quartz, cristoballite, pure silica zeolites, Amorphous materials)
2.2 Synthesis (flame SiO2, precipitated SiO2, sol-gel, mesostructured silica)
2.3 Properties and applications
3. Alumina1
3.1 Structure (Polymorphs and surface sites)
3.2 Synthesis
3.3 Properties and applications
4. Aluminosilicates: zeolithes and amorphous materials1
4.1 Structure (crystalline (zeolites) and amorphous)
4.2 Synthesis
4.3 Properties and applications
5. Glass-ceramics2
5.1. Nature of inorganic glasses and crystals
5.2. Fundamentals on nucleation and crystallization of glasses.
5.3. Heterogeneous nucleation based on epitaxy
5.3.1. Lithium-alumosilicate glass-ceramics
5.3.2. Lithium disilicate glass-ceramics
5.4. Amorphous phase separation as precursor phase of nucleation and crystallization
5.4.1. Mica glass-ceramics
5.4.2. Apatite glass-ceramics
5.5. Controlled surface crystallization of leucite
5.6. Two-fold nucleation and crystallization of leucite and apatite
5.7. Bioactive glass-ceramics
6. Other basic oxides1 (MgO, CaO, MgAl2O4)
6.1 Structure and synthesis
6.2 Properties and applications
7. Reducible (ZnO, TiO2, CeO2) and conductive oxides1,3 (ATO, ITO, RuO2, IrO2)
7.1 Structure (defects)
7.2 Properties (Band gap) and applications (photocatalysis, water splitting, Oxygen Evolution Reaction)
8. Mixed metal oxides1
8.1 Synthesis and structure (precipitation methods, surface modification, sol-gel, non-hydrolytic sol-gel, thermolytic precursors)
8.2 Properties (acido-basicity) and application
9. Hybrid organic inorganic materials1
9.1 Structure
9.2 Synthesis
9.3 Properties and application
10. Other materials (Metal sulfides, Metal Fluorides, Metals, Carbon) 1,3
10.1 Structure
10.2 Synthesis
10.3 Properties and application
Lecture notesis provided on the internet.
LiteratureA. West, Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, Wiley 1989;
U. Müller, Anorganische Strukturchemie, Teubner Taschenbuch 2006;
R. Nesper, H.-J. Muhr, Chimia 52 (1998) 571;
C.N.R. Rao, A. Müller, A.K. Cheetham, Nanomaterials, Wiley-VCH 2007.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a two-semester course together with 529-0132-00L Inorganic Chemistry III: Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis
For programme regulations
(Examination block)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemistry 2005; Version 27.03.2018 (Examination Block II)
ECTS credits8 credits
ExaminersA. Togni, A. Comas Vives, C. Copéret, A. Mezzetti
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 45 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationPrüfung auf Englisch und Deutsch gemäss Vorlesung.
Exam in English and German according to lecture.
Performance assessment as a semester course (other programmes)
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersC. Copéret, A. Comas Vives, W. Höland
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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