CHEM20100 Basis of Inorganic Chemistry

Academic Year 2024/2025

In this course, you will gain a basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry. This includes a discussion of different types of molecular and solid state bonding, geometrical and steric considerations and an introduction to the distribution of electron density and oxidation states. The solid state part of this course will describe the structures of A, AB, AB2 and AB3 compounds and metallic, ionic and covalent bonding in solid materials. In addition, X-ray diffraction as the key method of investigating the solid state experimentally will be introduced. Trends across the periodic table will be highlighted, and examples cited to illustrate the relevance of these concepts to applied fields, such as solar cells, batteries, and self-assembly.

This is a predominantly lecture-based module. The mode of delivery is blended including face-to-face and online modes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mode of delivery, assessment and content of the module may be subject to change.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students are expected to:
- distinguish and illustrate covalent, metallic, and ionic bonding
- predict the geometry of complexes
- assign oxidation states to ligands and metal centres
- draw the unit cells of a selection of inorganic solid compounds

Indicative Module Content:

Main group chemistry - shape and symmetry.
Electron transfer chemistry.
Solid state - structure and thermodynamics.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours








Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning - laboratory exercises;
peer and group work - working together on experimental procedures;
enquiry & problem-based learning - tutorial problems and short quizzes. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students registering for this module should have completed CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry OR achieved a minimum grade of C in Leaving Certificate Honours Chemistry or equivalent.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CHEM10080 - Inorganic Chemistry (Med), CHEM10130 - Applied Intro. & Phys Chem, CHEM20090 - Chemistry for Biology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Grades for laboratory and tutorial components will be made available once these are assessed.

Name Role
Dr Leila Negahdar Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Wilhelm Risse Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor James Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Matthias Tacke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Danielle Curran Tutor
Mr Conor Kelly Tutor
Francesca Giulia Nacca Tutor
Niall Quinn Tutor