2017 Coordination Chemistry

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Fukushima Takanori  Koizumi Takeaki 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This lecture will focus the chemistry of coordination compounds, in particular transition metal complexes, and organic supramolecular compounds. Principles, application and recent topics of those compounds will be described.
[Aim of the course] This lecture facilitates the students’ understandings about structure and geometry of transition metal complexes, d-orbitals of transition metals, bond theories, and application of the coordination compounds, and fundamental properties and application of organic supramolecular compounds.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this lecture, students will be able to (1) explain the coordinate bond, (2) explain the structure and reactivity of transition metal complexes, (3) explain the intermolecular interactions, and (4) design the supramolecular compounds.


Transition metal complex, Ligand, Coordinate bond, functional coordination compound, Supramolecular compound

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 proceed in the following order: (1) background of coordination chemistry, (2) basis and application of transition metal complexes, (3) fundamental issues of supramolecular interactions, (4) basis and application of supramolecular compounds. In the final class, the level of students' understanding will be tested through exercises and discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Background of coordination chemistry Explain the background of coordination chemistry
Class 2 Coordinate bond theories Explain the Coordinate bond theories
Class 3 Ligands of transition metal complexes Explain the ligands of transition metal complexes
Class 4 Basis of metal complexes I Explain the basic properties of metal complexes
Class 5 Basis of metal complexes II Explain the basic properties of metal complexes
Class 6 Reactivity of metal complexes Explain the chemical reactivity of metal complexes
Class 7 Function of metal complexes Explain the function of metal complexes
Class 8 Principle of intermolecular interactions I Explain the intermolecular interactions
Class 9 Principle of intermolecular interactions II Explain the intermolecular interactions
Class 10 Hydrogen bonding and related interactions Explain the hydrogen bonding and related interactions
Class 11 Molecular assembly in solution Explain the molecular assembly in solution
Class 12 Molecular assembly in condensed phases Explain the molecular assembly in condensed phases
Class 13 Functions of molecular assembly Functions of Molecular Assembly
Class 14 Recent topics of molecular assembly Understand current topics of molecular assembly.
Class 15 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Scores are based on question-and-answer and a report.

Related courses

  • CAP.I403 : Advanced Coordination Chemistry
  • CAP.I413 : Advanced Supramolecular Chemistry

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

No prerequisites.

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