cod. 07272

Academic year 2014/15
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Chimica generale e inorganica (CHIM/03)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
62 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
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course unit

Integrated course unit module: INORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY

Learning objectives

Theory: basic concepts of coordination chemistry. Design and use of ligands appropriate for metal coordination. Description of spectroscopic techniques applied to coordination chemistry: eteronuclear NMR, IR and UV-vis spectroscopies.
Laboratory: safety rules, use of common laboratory glassware, preparation of coordination compounds with transition and s-p metal ions (Cu2+, Co2+, Co3+, Zn2+, VO2+, Al3+. Use of spectroscopic techniques for the characterization of the compounds prepared in the laboratoty.


Knowledge of the basic concepts of the General and Inorganic Chemistry course.

Course unit content

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory: safety rules, synthesis of coordination compounds and their characterization by means of spectroscopic techniques.
Theory: coordination compounds, infrared spectroscopy, eteronuclear NMR spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, VSEPR theory and molecular geometries.

Full programme

Preparation of cis-copper(II)bisglycinate monohydrate, preparation of trans-copper(II)bisglycinate. Kinetic and thermodynamic reaction control, solid state isomerization, IR spectroscopy. (4 hours)
Acetylacetone as ligand, preparation of [Al(acac)3] and [VO(acac)2]. Properties of Al3+ and VO2+, NMR and IR spectroscopies. (4 hours)
Preparation of a N,N bidentate ligand (CH2PyPz) by means of phase transfer catalysis, preparation of the [ZnCl2(CH2Pz2)] complex, Zn2+ properties, NMR spectroscopy. (4 hours)
Preparation of [Co(en)3]I3 by means of a partial asymmetric sysnthesis. Etylenediamine as ligand, chirality in coordination chemistry, polarimeter, inert and labile complexes, properties of Co2+ and Co3+, UV-vis spectroscopy. (4 +4 hours)
Spectroscopic characterization of the complexes (IR, NMR, UV-vis). (3+3+3 hours)
Theoretical lessons: safety rules, discussion of the practical experiences, UV-vis and IR spectroscopies in coordination chemistry, eteronuclear NMR (19F, 31P, 195Pt, 103Rh, etc.). VSEPR theory and molecular geometries.


1) Inorganic Chemistry (Shriver, Atkins)
2) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Cotton)
3) Chemistry of the Elements (Greenwood, Earnshaw)
4) Physical Methods in Advanced inorganic Chemistry (Hill, Day)
5) Infrared and Raman Spectra of Inorganic and Coordination Compounds (Nakamoto)
6) Spectrometric identification of organic compounds (Silverstein, Webster)

Teaching methods

The course is divided in theoretical lesson and practical experiences
Theoretical lessons: 32 hours, description of the practical experiences and of the spectroscopic techniques.
Practical laboratory: 30 hours divided in 7 practical experiences.

Assessment methods and criteria

The comprehension of the subjects discussed in the course will be monitored with: tests during the practical experiences, written and oral examination integrated with the course of Inorganic Chemistry.

Other information

Teaching material available on the web.