2020 Inorganic Chemistry (Theory II)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Murahashi Tetsuro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] This course covers fundamental concepts on the structures and properties of transition metal complexes.
[Aim of the lecture] In inorganic chemistry, d-metal complexes play an important role. Transition metal complexes are composed of metal ions and ligands. Teaching the fundamentals of the structures and electronic properties of transition metal complexes provides the students with the basis to proceed to the practical applied chemistry involving transition metal complexes. This course covers the fundamental concepts on the metal-ligand bonding. Students learn two theoretical models of the bonding, crystal-field theory and ligand-field theory. Furthermore, students acquire the ability to discuss the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand and explain the coordination geometry of metal complexes.
2) explain the fundamentals on metal-ligand bonding.


metal complex, coordination chemistry, coordination bond, crystal-field theory, ligand-field theory, magnetic property, 18-electron rule, π-coordination, backbonding interaction

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceed in the following order: (1) coordination bond, (2) physical properties of metal complexes, (3) organometallic compounds. In the last day, exercise problems and interpretation of the answers will be given to assess the students’ level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 transition metal complexes Explain the unique properties of transition metals.
Class 2 structures of metal complexes Explain the structures of metal complexes.
Class 3 crystal-field theory and ligand-field theory Explain the metal-ligand bonding in terms of crystal-field theory and ligand-field theory.
Class 4 Magnetic properties of metal complexes Using theoretical models on the metal-ligand bonding, explain the magnetic properties of metal complexes.
Class 5 Organometallic compounds and 18-electron rule Understand the classification of organometallic compounds, and have the ability to count the valence electron number of them.
Class 6 Metal-ligand bonding in organometallic compounds Explain the coordination bonds in organometallic compounds.
Class 7 Exercise problems to assess the students’ level of understanding and interpretation of the answers Use the exercise problems to better understand the topics covered, and evaluate one’s own progress.

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", 6th Ed., Oxford University Press; ISBN: 978-0199641826.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class and uploaded on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their achievements of learning outcomes based on final exam (85%) and level of class participation (15%) (The level of class participation will be calculated by small examination etc. in the lecture).

Related courses

  • CAP.B221 : Inorganic Chemistry I (Chemical Bonding)
  • CAP.B222 : Inorganic Chemistry II (Chemical Reactions and Structures of Solids)
  • CAP.A371 : Inorganic Chemistry (Theory I)
  • CAP.B224 : Inorganic Chemistry (Elements and Compounds)
  • CAP.A373 : Inorganic Chemistry (Coordination Chemistry)
  • CAP.B223 : Inorganic Chemistry (Materials Science)
  • CAP.A275 : Inorganic Chemistry (Solid State Chemistry)

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses (Inorganic Chemistry I (Chemical Bonding) (CAP.B221), Inorganic Chemistry II (Chemical Reactions and Structures of Solids) (CAP.B222), Inorganic Chemistry (Elements and Compounds) (CAP.B224) , Inorganic Chemistry (Materials Science) (CAP.B223), Inorganic Chemistry (Solid State Chemistry) (CAP.A275), and Inorganic Chemistry (Theory 1) (CAP.A371) is desirable.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Tetsuro Murahashi: mura[at]apc.titech.ac.jp

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