529-0121-00L  Inorganic Chemistry I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersH. Grützmacher, P. Steinegger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


529-0121-00 VAnorganische Chemie I2 hrs
Mon07:45-09:30HCI G 3 »
H. Grützmacher, P. Steinegger
529-0121-00 UAnorganische Chemie I1 hrs
Tue11:45-12:30HCI D 2 »
11:45-12:30HCI D 8 »
11:45-12:30HCI H 8.1 »
11:45-12:30HCP E 47.3 »
11:45-12:30HCP E 47.4 »
H. Grützmacher, P. Steinegger

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AbstractDiscussion of syntheses, structures, and general reactivity of coordination compounds of the transition metals as well as the lanthanides and actinides. Introduction of methods of characterization, physical-chemical properties of coordination compounds as well as principles of radiochemistry.
ObjectiveThe students will learn and understand the methodological basics of binding theory in complexes of transition metals. They will be able to explain the structure, chemical bonding, spectroscopic properties as well as general strategies for the synthesis of complexes of transition metals. The students will acquire knowledge on the fundamentals of radioactive decay and radiochemistry. Furthermore, they will be familiar with the basics of inorganic chemistry of lanthanides and actinides.
ContentThis course consists of the following parts, which introduce the students to the chemistry of transition metals as well as lanthanides and actinides: 1) General definitions and terms in coordination chemistry; 2) Coordination numbers and structures; 3) Ligand types; 4) The chemical bond in coordination compounds part A: Crystal field theory and ligand field theory; 5) The chemical bond in coordination compounds part B: Qualitative MO theory; 6) Reactivity and reaction mechanisms of coordination compounds; 7) Group theory and character tables; 8) Properties and characterization of coordination compounds; 9) Introduction to radiochemistry; 10) Principles of the chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides.
Lecture notesEine kommentierte Foliensammlung ist im HCI-Shop erhältlich.
Literature- J. E. Huheey, E. Keiter, R. Keiter: Anorganische Chemie, Prinzipien von Struktur und Reaktivität, De Gruyter, 5. Auflage, 2014 (ebook available at ETH Zurich).
- N. Wiberg, Lehrbuch der Anorganischen Chemie, De Gruyter, 102. Auflage, 2008 (ebook available at ETH Zurich).
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a two-semester course together with 529-0122-00L Inorganic Chemistry II (next semester)
For programme regulations
(Examination block)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering 2006; Version 27.03.2018 (Examination Block I)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering 2018; Version 26.09.2022 (Examination Block I)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemistry 2005; Version 27.03.2018 (Examination Block I)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemistry 2018; Version 26.09.2022 (Examination Block I)
ECTS credits6 credits
Performance assessment as a semester course (other programmes)
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Biochemistry - Chemical Biology 2020; Version 28.11.2022 (Examination Block I)
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersH. Grützmacher, P. Steinegger
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationWird in der Regel nur als Jahreskurs zusammen mit Anorganische Chemie II geprüft
Written aidsPeriodensystem, Taschenrechner. Keine elektronischen Kommunikationsmittel.
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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