Learning outcomes of the course unit
Improvement of inorganic chemistry concepts acquired during the first year
General and inorganic chemistry examination
Course contents summary
1) Electronic structure and periodic properties of the elements: atomic dimensions, ionization energy, electronic affinity, electronegativity, polarizability. 2) Molecular structures: VSEPR theory. Structures of the solids: metals, ionic compounds, alloys. 3) General properties of the solvents. Acid/base theories of Broensted and Lewis, hard-soft theory. 4) Coordination chemistry: types of ligands and complexes. Coordination numbers and their stereochemistries. Structural and sterical isomerisms. The coordinative bond: V.B., C.F. and M.O. theories. Optical and magnetic properties of the complexes. Thermodynamcs of complex formation in solution. Chelate and macrocyclic effects. Stability of metal oxidation states as a function of the ligand type. Kinetics of ligand substitution and electron transfer in complexes. Trans effect. Reactivity of the coordinated ligand. Synthesis methods of complexes. 5) General metallurgical processes. Extraction of elements from minerals. Refining of crude metals. 6) Preparation and properties of binary compounds: hydrides, oxides, halides, sulphides. 7) Elements of s- and p-blocks: general properties, natural state, preparation, main compounds. 8) d-Transition elements: general properties, natural state, preparation, main compounds.
D.F. Shriver, P.W. Atkins: Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd Ed., Oxford Univ. Press
L. Malatesta: Compendio di Chimica Inorganica, 4 Ed., C.E.A.