Course Title Inorganic Chemistry II
Course Level 200
Credit Unit 2

Lectures: 12

Tutorials: weekly, Labs: 6 sessions, Assessment Exam: 60 % (2 hours), Lab: 15 %

Coursework: x3 marked class tests (closed book) - 15 %

Practical course organizer: Abdullahi Danjuma Kassim


  • Chemistry of first row transition metals: including electronic structure and general trends and basis of metallic and typical properties. 

  • Ligands: types of ligand-charged, neutral, monodentate, polydentate, chelating ligands and the chelate effect. 

  • Introduction to co-ordination chemistry including Isomerism in transition metal complexes geometrical, optical, linkage and ionisation isomers. 

  • The elementary treatment of Crystal Field Theory (CFT), Valency Bond Theory (VBT) and Molecular Orbital Theory (MOT).  

  • Comparative chemistry of the following elements (Group 111A) Ga, In, TI, (Group IV A) Ge, Sn, Pb (Group VA) As, Sb, Bi.  Comparative chemistry of Sc. Tc. Pb.  

  • Elementary introduction to organometallic Chemistry.  

  • Role of metals in biochemical systems.  Structure and bonding. Pre-requisite: CHM 102

Recommended Texts

D Shriver and P W Atkins, "Inorganic Chemistry", 3nd ed, Oxford UP, 1999.

Basic: C. E. Housecroft and A. G. Sharpe, "Inorganic Chemistry", 3rd Edition, Pearson

F A Cotton, G Wilkinson & P L Gauss, "Basic Inorganic Chemistry", 5th edition, Wiley, 1987.

K F Purcell & J C Kotz, "Inorganic Chemistry", Holt-Saunders, 1977.

D A Johnson, "Some Thermodynamic Aspects of Inorganic Chemistry", 3rd edition, Cambridge, 1989.

W.D. Callister, "Materials Science and Engineering; an Introduction", J. Wiley, 5th edition, 2000

Advanced: F A Cotton, G Wilkinson, C A. Murillo and M. Bochmann, "Advanced Inorganic Chemistry", 6th edition, Wiley, 1999

N N Greenwood & R Earnshaw, "Chemistry of the Elements", 2nd edition, Pergamon, 1997. Earlier editions will also serve you well.