Metal Complex Coordination Chemistry & Characterization


About this course

The importance of metal ions in chemistry and life is often underestimated. It is only in relatively recent years that the pivotal role of metal ions has become recognized, with breakthrough applications in innovative materials, medicinal chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. This course deals with the chemistry of d-block elements in various oxidation states and the molecular structure, geometry, symmetry chirality and thermodynamic properties of the corresponding complexes. The magnetic and electronic properties of metal complexes are evaluated with ligand field theory. Dynamic aspects will be investigated with optical (absorption and luminescence) and magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Special attention is paid to metal-ligand interactions with biologically relevant (macro)molecules and the metabolic transformation of metal complexes in biological systems, with focus on metal-protein and metal-nucleic acid interactions in relationship to inorganic medicinal chemistry. The use of metal complexes and coordination polymers in supramolecular chemistry and material sciences will also be treated. During the practicals of the course, you will have the chance to play with molecular building blocks by synthesising and characterising a mononuclear, oligonuclear and polynuclear metal–ligand coordination complexes, including organometallic-complexes, a sub-class of inorganic complexes that have a metal-carbon bond.

Learning outcomes

Required prior knowledge

Mandatory Knowledge:
ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety
Assumed Knowledge:
BNT20806 Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

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  • Start date

    10 March 2025

    • Ends
      2 May 2025
    • Term *
      Period 5
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      1 Jun, 00:00 - 9 Feb 2025
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