27558 - Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at giving fundamentals in inorganic chemistry including the atomic structure, the periodic properties of the elements and the nature of chemical bonds Particular attention will be devoted to the chemistry of transition elements in their low, medium and high oxidation states. The objective of the course, developed in strictly connession with selected study questions and practical inorganic laboratorium experiments, is to furnish fundamentals knowledge to understand the relations between structures, chemical and spectroscopic properties of inorganic compounds.

Course contents

Prerequisites: ability to write chemical reactions; understanding of the equilibrium concepts, both homogeneous and heterogeneous. Knowledge of the chemical geometries and bonding properties of given chemical compounds. Thermodynamic concepts and spontaneous reactions. Basic laboratory skills: solution preparations, quantitative determination of reagent and product masses and reaction yields.

Contents: the periodic chart and the atomic properties of the elements. Symmetry and use of the point group symmetry. Bonding models in Inorganic Chemistry: A) Ionic compounds B) covalent bond: valence bond and molecular orbital theory.

General properties of transition elements. The coordination chemistry: A) bonding, spectra and magnetism; B) Reactions, kinetics and mechanisms. The coordination numbers: octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar complexes. The low oxidation states and the organometallic compouds. The organometallic chemistry: reactions of carbonyl and olefine complexes. Laboratory activities and tutorials will provide support to class activities, aimed at reinforce knowledge on the chemical properties of elements. Lab activity will also provide skills and competencies in synthesizing inorganic and coordination compounds.




Teaching methods

Teaching methods include: lectures, exercises and laboratory experiments. Exercises are on molecular models and geometry, isomerism, as well as reactions to prepare the laboratory experiments. Course lectures are integrated with laboratory activities providing further support and specific skills. The laboratory activities are obligatory.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the learning outcomes is carried out by a written test and an oral exam. The test, which includes problems, exercises and open answers, is passed with a score equal or higher than 18/30. During the course, examples of problems and questions similar to those of the final exam are provided. Access to oral exam is possible after passing the written test. Oral exam is aimed at evaluating the ability to correlate the nature and composition of inorganic compounds with their physico-chemical properties. The final mark takes into consideration both theoretical and laboratory competences (with a contribution of 75% e 25%, respectively).
The final written test can be replaced by two tests taken during the course (one at about half of the program and the other at the end of the program). The average score of the two tests provides the final written mark.

Registration to the written and oral exams is required through “Alma Esami” web platform, in observation to the stated deadlines.

Teaching tools

Blackboard and PowerPoint presentations for lectures. Documents and slides shown are available to students on AMS Campus. Experimental activities are planned in teaching laboratories; workplace with basic instruments and glassware is assigned to each student.

Students with DSA or disabilities can contact the Student Services for Disabilities and DSA of the University of Bologna (http://www.studentidisabili.unibo.it/) and the contact person of the Department (giorgio.bencivenni2@unibo.it ) or the teachers of the course to agree on the most suitable ways to consult the didactic material and to access the classrooms for the frontal lessons.

Office hours

See the website of Carla Carfagna

See the website of Stefano Stagni