MCh 1.1 Advanced Inorganic Molecular and Solid State Chemistry

In the area of solid state chemistry, students should understand the structural makeup of different classes of solids by the end of the module. They should be able to apply structural arguments and systematize and order the large number of solid state structures. The relationships between the properties of substances and their structure as well as the bonding models in the solid state should be understood.
In the field of Inorganic Molecular Chemistry, students should learn the relationship between structure, bonding, reactivity and the application of molecular compounds of transition metals and main group elements using the example of important reaction types and substance classes of coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.

Since winter semester 2016/2017 this course is offered completely (lecture, seminar, written exam) in English.

Lecture: Prof. Dr. N. Kornienko, Prof. Dr. C. Lu

Seminar: Dr. Francis Lam, Dr. Sudip Kumar Bera, Dr. W. Assenmacher, Dr. R. Weisbarth

Module facts

10 CP

Winter semester

Course format
Lecture (6 SWS; each 2 x 45 min und 2 x 1 h per week)
Seminar (2 SWS; each 2 x 45 min per week)

Module prerequisites

Academic performance

Form of examination

Module coordinator
Prof. Dr. A. C. Filippou, Prof. Dr. C. Lu, Prof. Dr. N. Kornienko

Further Information

The module is accompanied by an eCampus course. Joining this course is strongly advised. All communication will be via the university email address and via eCampus.

Inorganic molecular chemistry

  • Coordination chemistry: mechanisms of reactions of coordination compounds (ligand exchange, electron transfer reactions).
  • Reaction steps in homogeneous catalysis: oxidative addition and reductive elimination, σ-bond metatheses, intercalation and elimination reactions.
  • Transition metal compounds: Transition metal hydrides, transition metal alkyls, carbene complexes, and olefin complexes (preparation, structure, properties, bonding ratios, and reactions); metal activation and functionalization of industrially relevant substrates such as hydrogen, alkanes, carbon monoxide, olefins.
  • Main group elemental organics: boron group elemental organics, hydro- and carbometallation reactions.

Inorganic solid state chemistry

  • Structural chemistry of inorganic solids: structural arguments, packing types in solids, phase transformations, systematic derivation of structures from the close-packing of equal spheres by occupation of octahedral and tetrahedral vacancies, molecular lattices, chain, layered and spaced network structures, diamond-like structures.
  • Intermetallic phases and intermetallic compounds: Alloys, Zintl phases and Zintl salts, polycationic and polyanionic clusters of main group elements, Wade's rules.
  • Low valence transition metal compounds: magnetic phenomena, metal-metal bonds, metal-metal multiple bonds, metal clusters, cluster condensation, metal-rich compounds, cluster linkage
  • Solids as materials: hard materials, gems, electron conductors, ion conductors, ferromagnetics, ferroelectrics, giant magnetoresistance, semiconductors, superconductors, glasses, zeolites
  • Chemical bonding in solids: introduction to band structure theory, density of states, crystal orbitals

Dates in winter semester 2023/2024

Tue 08:15 - 10:00 (HS 2, Solid State Chemistry)
Tue 10:15 - 11:00 (HS 2, Molecular Chemistry)
Wed 10:15 - 12:00 (HS 2, Molecular Chemistry)
Fri 08:15 - 06:00 (HS 2, Solid State Chemistry)
Start: Tue 10th Oct.

Molecular Chemistry: Thu 15:15 - 16:00 (HS 1)
Solid State Chemistry: Fri 09:15-10:00 in two groups (1.033, 1.104)
Start: Thu 19th Oct.

Written Examination
will be updated soon

  • J. F. Hartwig, Organotransition Metal Chemistry (Univ. Science Books)
  • R. H. Crabtree, The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals (Wiley)
  • Elschenbroich, Organometallics (Wiley)
  • Müller, Anorganische Strukturchemie (Vieweg + Teubner)
  • Huheey, Anorganische Chemie (de Gruyter)
  • Gade, Koordinationschemie (Wiley-VCH)
  • Cotton/Wilkinson, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Wiley)

Contact und Organization

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Prof. Dr. Connie Lu

Gerhard-Domagk-Straße 1

53121 Bonn

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