69088 - Inorganic Chemistry

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will possess adequate knowledge of inorganic systems, both as molecules and as extended solids, with focus on structure-properties relationship. The student will have basic knowledge of elements and their inorganic compounds.

Course contents

Introduction - Metallic and molecular solids. Close packing. Ionic solids: types and stability. Lattice enthalpies. Born-Haber cycle. Redox potentials - The Nernst equation - Frost, Latimer and Pourbaix diagrams - Ellingham diagrams - corrosion in metals - Periodic properties of the elements. Elements and compounds: groups 1-2 and 13-18. The d-block elements. Properties and applications of inorganic compounds and solids as typical and advanced materials.

Readings/Bibliography

G. Rayner-Canham, T. Overton "Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry", 6th (2014) edition, W. H. FREEMAN AND COMPANY, NEW YORK

Teaching methods

Lectures (blackboard, powerpoint, videoclips, graphical programs) and exercises

Assessment methods

Written and oral examination.

Teaching tools

Graphical programs, crystallographic data bases, Powerpoint, web sites and movies.

Office hours

See the website of Fabrizia Grepioni