CHEM 508 A: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Autumn 2023
TTh 8:30am - 9:50am / BAG 260
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Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

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PDF Version of Course Outline

Lectures for this course will be delivered on Tues and Thurs, in-person in Bagley 260, 8:30 am - 9:50 am. Links to lecture slides  will be provided prior to the lecture to facilitate note-taking. The lecture schedule, assignments, and due dates will be included in the syllabus and Course Outline PDF links above, as well as on the Homework page.  Video Tutorials are linked below that provide tutorials for using programs such as Orca, Chemcraft, and Chimera.


Professor Julie Kovacs

Office Hours: By Appointment 

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Jacob Baillie

Office Hours:  Mondays, 3:00 -5:00 pm

                         Tuesdays, 10:00 -11:00 am

                         Fridays, 12:00 -3:00 pm

                         Chem Study Center, 330 BAG

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Course Description

This course will explore advanced topics in inorganic chemistry such as Group Theory, group multiplication tables, conjugates, derivation of character tables, the variational principle in deriving molecular orbital (MO) diagrams, applications of density functional theory (DFT) to optimize structures, generate MO diagrams, visualize molecular vibrations, predict spectroscopic properties. We will also discuss electronic states for multielectron systems, electronic absorption spectroscopy, zero-field splitting, magnetism, magnetic exchange coupling and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), Mossbauer, XAS, EXAFS, and resonance Raman spectroscopies.

Lecture Notes


Video Tutorials

Take-Home Exams

Catalog Description:
Introduction to physical inorganic chemistry. Topics include group theory, ligand-field theory, and various physical methods for understanding the properties of open-shell metal ions, including vibrational spectroscopies (IR and Raman), electronic absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and magnetism. Recommended: familiarity with basic quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics; symmetry and symmetry elements; and transition-metal chemistry; and ability to independently research and learn advanced topics. Offered: A.
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