Lecture Handouts

All handouts can be downloaded as pdf files. The handouts are listed in the order in which their content is discussed in class. In case you encounter problems downloading or viewing these files please let me know as soon as possible by e-mail.

Acids and bases
Electron configuration of TMs, history of coordination chemistry, nomenclature, coordination numbers
Quantum numbers, orbitals and the valence bond (VB) model
Crystal Field Theory (CFT)
Applications of CFT: lattice and hydration energies, ionic radii
Ligand Field Theory (a molecular orbital theory extension to CFT)
Electronic spectra of complexes I: The colour of complexes, microstates, term symbols
Electronic spectra of complexes II: Ligand field transitions, selection rules, Tanabe-Sugano diagrams, charge-transfer transitions
Kinetics and reaction mechanisms
Electron transfer reactions in complexes
Production and applications of titanium, vanadium, chromium and manganese
Production of iron and steel
Production and electrolytic purification of copper
The photographic process