Coordination Chemistry | Department of Chemistry

Coordination Chemistry

Metals ions play important role in producing colour in coordination complexes. Understanding of the coordination complexes lies at the heart of coordination chemistry. This course will focus on the basic concept of coordination chemistry and their quantification in photophysical and magnetic properties. Students will synthesize interesting colour compounds and perform reactions to promote the understanding of common reactions. Intensive use of analytical and spectroscopic techniques to interpret extent of reaction, purity of product and photophysical property particularly colour of the coordination complexes will be involved.


  • Introduction and structures of complexes:
  • Meaning of metal coordination and use of metal coordination in formation of color complex.
  • Coordination number, bonding of organic ligands to transition metals, coordination number, linkage isomerism, electronic effects, steric effects, the chelate effect, fluxional molecules.
  • Crystal field theory: application and limitation
  • Molecular orbital theory: Application in pi-bonding, electronic spectra including MLCT, LMCT d-d transition, and magnetic properties of complexes.
  • Inorganic substitution reaction; Types; Base catalyzed hydrolysis; Linear free energy relationship.
  • Reaction and kinetics: Nucleophilic substitution reactions, rate law, mechanism of reactions, trans effect, ligand field effect, inner sphere and outer sphere reactions.

Text Books:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry; Principles of Structures and Reactivity: James E. Huheey; Allen A. Keiter;Richard L. Keiter, Pearson Edition.                            
  2. Inorganic Chemistry by Shriver & Atkins, 5th edition.
  3. Inorganic chemistry by Miessler, Gary L. Tarr, Donald A .
  4. Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee
  5. Application of physical methods to inorganic and bio-inorganic chemistry     by scot Robert A.; Lukehart, Charles M.

Prerequisites: Chemical Principles (CHY111) and Chemical equilibrium (CHY211). .

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