The course provides the bases required to examine thoroughly the chemistry of coordination compounds in terms of bonds, spectra, magnetism, structures and reactions and to discuss the descriptive chemistry of the transition elements considering comparatively in the periodic classification the chemical properties of theirs compounds.
Course contents summary
Constitution of the metal complexes. Types of ligands and central atoms. Electronic spectra of atoms. The spectroscopic terms. Microstates and terms permits. Russell-Saunders coupling. The ligand field theory. Structures and coordination numbers. The limits of the strong field and weak field. The Tanabe-Sugano diagrams. The electronic spectra of complexes. Magnetic properties of complexes. The correlation between theory and experiment: spectroscopic measurements, magnetic measurements, measurements of optical activity, electron paramagnetic resonance. Polymetallic complexes and mixed-valence. The balance of coordination. Kinetics and mechanisms in the reactions of coordination compounds. Substitution reactions in square planar complexes. Thermodynamic and kinetic stability. Kinetics of octahedral substitution. Mechanisms of redox reactions.
The chemistry of the metals of the first transition series. The chemistry of transition metals heavier. The elements of the lanthanides and actinides. Metal clusters. Organometallic compounds.
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