2020 Advances and Applications in Inorganic Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yamamoto Kimihisa  Imaoka Takane 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] Topics partly include frontier molecular sciences involving inorganic nanomaterials, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, bioinorganic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. In addition, their relationships to fundamental inorganic chemistry will be also reviewed. For students at the other undergraduate majors, this course provides opportunity to learn advanced science and technology in the fields of applied chemistry as well as fundamentals to inorganic chemistry being equivalent to 200-level courses.
[Aim of the course] This course focuses on the inorganic chemistry as a key academic field for advanced inorganic materials in chemical separations, catalysis and energy conversions. A goal of this course is understanding the importance of the basic inorganic chemistry from a global viewpoint. First, basic chemistry about chemical bondings and intermolecular interactions will be reviewed. Next, we will extend these basics to the formation of more complicate structures such as coordination polymers, macromolecule-metal complexes and so on. Finally, we will check the understanding through discussions or workshops. The main content of this class is a review on the basic inorganic chemistry. In addition, relationships with other chemistry fields (organic chemistry, macromolecular chemistry, chemical engineering and energy conversion will also be discussed.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand how complicate inorganic molecular structures are consisted by the basic chemical bonds and intermolecular interactions.
2) Understand an overview about the mechanism of various properties and functions of inorganic molecules.
3) Explain what are the problems of the developments for applications such as chemical separation, catalysis or energy conversions.
4) Design simple inorganic molecules for some applications based on the paradigm of inorganic chemistry.


organic-inorganic hybrid materials, nanomaterials, bioinorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, macromolecule-metal complexes

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each 1st-7th class starts from reviews on the basic inorganic chemistry required to understand the advanced contents. Then, advanced contents with some examples about inorganic chemistry applications will be provided. Final 8th class is discussions and workshops. Some quizzes to check the understanding will be also included.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Elements and nuclear reactions Atomic energy, atomic fusion and atom evolution Explain the elemental evolution and nuclear reactions from the viewpoint of chemistry and energy.
Class 2 Chemical bonds and intermolecular interactions of inorganic compounds Covalent bonds, ionic bonds, coordinations (charge transfer), molecular interactions (dispersion force) Explain various chemical bonds and interactions with their mechanisms and strengths.
Class 3 Supramolecules with metals Complicate structures arising from coordinations Explain the relationship between the supramolecular structures and bonding properties (strength, orientation and reversibility)
Class 4 Macromolecules with metals Macromolecule-metal complexes and coordination polymers Explain the overview about the functionality of macromoelcule-metal complexes
Class 5 Biomolecules and metals  Metalloproteins, heme, non-heme, artificial blood and artificial enzymes Explain the structures and functionalities of metal complexes as biomolecules.
Class 6 Metal nanoparticles and clusters Metal nanoparticles and metal clusters Explain the difference between bulk metals, nanoparticles and clusters.
Class 7 Electrochemistry of inorganic compounds Electron transfer, photosynthesis, photocatalysis, energy conversions Understand the mechanism of electron transfers and their applications for energy conversions.

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.


P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, "Inorganic Chemistry", 5th Ed., Oxford University Press; ISBN: 978-0-1992-3617-6.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be served at the begining
F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C. A. Murillo, M. Bochmann, "Advanced Inorganic Chemistry", 6th Ed., Wiley-Intercience; ISBN: 978-0471199571

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of coordination bondings, intermolecular interaction, formation of metal-containing complicate molecules and their application to the molecular design will be assessed. Final exams 50%, exercise problems 50%.

Related courses

  • CAP.B224 : Inorganic Chemistry (Elements and Compounds)
  • CAP.A275 : Inorganic Chemistry (Solid State Chemistry)
  • CAP.B219 : Physical Chemistry (Kinetic Theory of Molecules)
  • CAP.B213 : Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds)
  • CAP.P201 : Polymer Science
  • CAP.C206 : Chemical Reaction Engineering I (Homogeneous System)
  • CAP.A387 : Advances and Applications in Inorganic Chemistry II

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

Students must have successfully completed Inorganic chemistry (elements and compounds) (CAP.B224) or have equivalent knowledge.

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