2021 Basic Concepts of Inorganic Chemistry

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Graduate major in Chemistry
Kawano Masaki  Kawaguchi Hiroyuki  Ishitani Osamu  Komatsu Takayuki  Yashima Masatomo  Uekusa Hidehiro  Maeda Kazuhiko 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on core knowledge about inorganic chemistry and analytically chemistry. This represents a detailed discussion of molecular absorption on solid surface, analytical methods for solid surface and bulk solids, crystal structures and solid state photoreaction of organometallic complexes, coordination compounds, and metal clusters. The aim of this course is to get students to gain core knowledge and basic skills in a comprehensive and systematic way on the basis of their undergraduate inorganic/analytical chemistry courses. The knowledge and skills acquired through this course will help students to study in their specialized fields.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain properties of inorganic compounds
2) Explain molecular structures and properties of organometallic complexes
3) Understand the structural characterization of solids by X-ray, electron and neutron diffraction
4) Understand photochemistry of coordination coupounds


photochemical reaction, chemistry of catalysis, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, crystal chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will be given in a omnibus form.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Adsorption of molecules onto solid surface, physical and chemical adsorption, adsorption isotherm, adsorption equilibrium, coverage, Langmuir adsorption Derive adsorption isotherms by understanding of adsorption on solid surface.
Class 2 IR spectra of adsorbed molecules, base molecules adsorbed on acid sites, CO adsorbed on metal surface Estimate the concentration and strength of acid sites and dispersion of metals through IR spectra of adsorbed molecules.
Class 3 Analysis of adsorbed species on solid surfaces by means of temperature-programmed desorption Explain the basic principle and specific feature of temperature programmed desorption by showing a concrete example
Class 4 Analysis of solid surface by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy Explain analysis of solid surface by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Class 5 Structural characterization of solids by X-ray, electron and neutron diffraction Understand the structural characterization of solids by X-ray, electron and neutron diffraction
Class 6 Introduction to organometallic complexes Explain properties of organometallic complexes.
Class 7 Molecular structures of organometallic complexes Explain molecular structures of organometallic complexes.
Class 8 Crystal structures of organometallic complexes Explain crystal structures of organometallic complexes.
Class 9 Solid-sate reaction mechanism of metal-organic compound Understanding of solid-sate reaction mechanism and analysis method
Class 10 Solid-state photo-reaction of metal-organic compound Understanding of solid-state and crystalline state photo-reaction mechanism and controlling using three dimensional structure information
Class 11 Coordination compounds-metals and ligands Explain bonding in coordination compounds
Class 12 Coordination compounds-3d metals Explain properties of 3d metal complexes
Class 13 Inorganic compounds consisting of d and f block elements and their functionality – The basic principle of the functionality Understanding : photophysical and photochemical properties of coordination compounds
Class 14 Inorganic compounds consisting of d and f block elements and their functionality – Specific feature of each class of coupounds Understanding photocatalytic abilities of coordination compounds

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Course materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Shriver and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of basic topics of inorganic and analytical chemistry covered in the course will be assessed by reports (40%) and final exam (60%).

Related courses

  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B301 : Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B332 : Photochemistry
  • CHM.B333 : Crystal Chemistry
  • CHM.B335 : Chemistry of Solids

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites

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