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

SemesterSpring Semester 2022
LecturersC. Copéret, A. Comas Vives
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 »
Thu09:45-11:30HCI J 4 »
C. Copéret, A. Comas Vives

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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.
ContentSection 1. Generalities – Prof. C. Copéret
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

Section 2. Materials – Prof. C. Copéret
2.1 Synthetic methods
2.2 Sol-Gel and Solution Chemistry of Solids

Section 3. Metal oxides – Prof. C. Copéret
3.1 Silica (SiO2)
3.2 Alumina (Al2O3)
3.3 Aluminosilicates (amorphous, layered materials and zeolites)
3.4. Mesostructured and hybrid materials
3.5 Semi-conducting and conducting oxides (e.g TiO2 and related materials, IrO2)
3.6 Other materials: Single and Complex Oxides, (MgO, CaO, MgAlO2, Perovskites), Polyoxometallates

Section 4. Other materials

Metal halides and chalcogenides
Carbon-based materials
Metals and Alloys

Section 5. Bonding in Solids and Surfaces – Dr. Comas-Vives
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.
Prerequisites / NoticeAC-II
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
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 Flexibilityassessed
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 529-0132-00L 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)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemistry 2018; Version 26.09.2022 (Examination Block II)
ECTS credits8 credits
ExaminersA. Togni, A. Comas Vives, C. Copéret
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
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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