Inorganic Chemistry III

Paper Code: 
CHY- 311
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Unit I: 
Chemistry of d-block Elements

Pre requisite: An elaborate idea of periodic table and electronic configurations

Introduction, electronic configuration, characteristic properties of d-block elements (I, II & III transition series)– ionic and atomic radii, metallic character, variable oxidation states and their stability, density, melting point and boiling point., catalytic properties, ionization energies, magnetic properties and its origin, measurement of magnetic moments, colour, complexation tendencies, comparison of the elements of first transition series with second and third transition serieswith special reference to magnetic property, spectral property,metal-metal bonding and cluster compounds (elementary approach)


Unit II: 
Chemistry of f-blockElements

Lanthanides: definition, position of lanthanides in the periodic table, separation of rare earth elements (solvent extraction and ion exchange method only), electronic configuration, physical properties, oxidation states, atomic and ionic radii, lanthanide contraction, causes and consequences of lanthanide contraction, magnetic and spectral properties;  comparison between d- and f- block elements.

Actinides: definition, position of actinides in the periodic table, electronic configuration, separation of actinides, general characteristics of actinides and their comparison with lanthanides with special reference to magnetic properties, spectral properties and oxidation states, complexation tendency.

Unit III: 
Concepts of Coordination Chemistry

Definition of coordination compounds, history ofcoordination compounds, Werner’s coordination theory, concept of effective atomic number (EAN concept), classification of ligands, chelation, polynuclear complexes, IUPAC nomenclature of coordination compounds, isomerism in coordination compounds, structural isomerism and its types, stereochemistry of complexes of 4 and 6 coordination number, valence bond theory applied on octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar complexes, Salient features of Valence Bond Theory(VBT),structure of Octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar complexes on the basis of VBT and its limitations


Unit IV: 
Acids and Bases

Arrhenius concept, Bronsted-Lowry theory, general theory of solvent system, Lux-Floodconcept, Lewis acid-base and its applications, concept of HSAB principle, HSAB: Characteristics of hard and soft acids and bases, ssymbiosis in hardening/softening, acid base strength, theories (Ionic and Covalent bonding and π bonding theory) of HSAB and its applications.


Unit V: 
Non-aqueous Solvents

Classification of solvents, physical properties of ionising solvents, water as universal solvent, liquid ammonia, liquid sulphur dioxide, liquid HF and BrF3as solvent.


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  2. Inorganic Chemistry; Third Edition; D.F. Shriver and P.W. Atkins; OxfordUniversity Press, New York, 1999.
  3. Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry – Recommendations – 1990; Edited by G.J. Leigh; Jain Interscience Press, Delhi, 1994.
  4. Inorganic Chemistry; A. G. Sharpe.
  5. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Fifth Edition; F.A. Cotton and G. Wilkinson; John Wileyand Sons, USA, New York, 1988.
  6. General and Inorganic Chemistry Part I & II; R. Sarkar, New Central Book Agency Ltd, 2005.


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