529-0143-01L  Aspects of Modern Inorganic Chemistry: Concepts, Building Blocks, and Polymers

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersH. Grützmacher, J. Grützmacher
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


529-0143-01 GAspects of Modern Inorganic Chemistry: Concepts, Building Blocks, and Polymers3 hrs
Thu11:45-12:30HCI H 2.1 »
Fri09:45-11:30HCI H 2.1 »
H. Grützmacher, J. Grützmacher

Catalogue data

AbstractGeneral bonding concepts
AIM and ELF as descriptors of electronic structures
GCMT model, carbenes and carbene analogues, homo and heteronuclear unsaturated bonds
Electron precise cluster, electron deficient cluster, and special cluster
General concepts and definitions of inorganic polymers, polysilanes,
polysiloxanes, polyphosphazenes
ObjectiveThe course starts with an introduction into general concepts allowing to understand why main group element and transition metal compounds from the higher periods show different properties when compared to their lighter congeners. The Atom in Molecule (AIM) Theory and Electron Localization Function (ELF) will be introduced as means to interpret the electron density distribution in molecules. Carbenes and carbene analogues will be discussed as building blocks for compounds with unsaturated bonds which in turn may serve as precursors to inorganic polymers.
Electron counting rules allow to distinguish different type of clusters which can be divided into electron precise cluster, various electron deficient cluster (for example Wade-Mingos-Cluster), and special cluster.
An introduction into general concepts for syntheses and analyses of inorganic polymers will be given. Specifically, polysilanes, polysiloxanes, and polyphosphazenes will be discussed and possible applications of these polymers will be highlighted.
Recent literature will be provided and discussed jointly by the participants of the course (flipped classroom).

The man goal of the lecture is to provide a general understanding of the current literature in the field of modern inorganic chemistry with respect to building blocks used for the synthesis of cluster, polymers, and materials.
Lecture notesA handout of the presented material will be distributed to the participants of the course. Articles from recent literature will be provided and discussed in the course.
LiteratureOrginal literature is indicated in the course material.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasis for the understanding of this lecture are the courses Allgemeine Chemie 1&2, and Anorganische Chemie 1: Übergangsmetallchemie.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
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Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
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Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
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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 semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersH. Grützmacher, J. Grützmacher
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
Additional information on mode of examinationExamination language can be German or English.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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