Methods and Modelling in Inorganic Chemistry

Course content

Physical characterization methods in inorganic chemistry: The most important physical characterization methods employed in inorganic chemistry are described and discussed. This includes techniques which require large scale facilities such as XAS, XMCD, RIXS, EXAFS, and neutron spectroscopy. Also absorption-, fluorescence-, EPR-spectroscopy and magnetism is covered.

Theoretical modeling of electronic structure of inorganic compounds: Basic theoretical models for interpretation of physical data are covered. This includes introductory ligand-field theory, the spin-Hamiltonian formalism, DFT applied to coordination compounds, and modeling of magnetic data.

Education

MSc Programme in Chemistry

Learning outcome

Competences

The student can account for the physical techniques employed in characterization of inorganic systems.

The student understands the model structure of and underlying assumptions upon which the applied theory is built.

Knowledge
The student knows of the concepts:
Spectroscopies at widely different energy scales: EPR, Mossbauer, XAS, XMCD, RIXS, MCD, INS.

Structural methods in inorganic chemistry: EXAFS, X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction.

Hyperfine interactions

Ligand fields, crystal field theory, the Anfgular Overlap Model, interelectronic repulsion, spin-orbit coupling, magnetic susceptibility, DFT, KS-orbitals.


Skills
The student is able to:

- identify the most appropiate techniques to address specific questions.

- account for strengths and limitations of the covered physical techniques.

- apply theory and modeling of data to simple problems concerning electronic structure of d- and f-electron systems.

- perform and interpret simple DFT computations for transition metal systems.

- account for the concept of real and complex orbitals.

- transform between different one-electron function bases.

- set-up a ligand field model for real chemical systems.

- explain and parametrize d-d electronic spectra.

- account for the effects of spin-orbit coupling on energies and eigenfunctions for d-electron systems.

- use ligand field theory to explain in a simplified way the magnetic properties of transition metal compounds.

- employ the spin-Hamiltonian formalism.

 

Lectures and theoretical excersises

See course website (Absalon)

Knowledge of inorganic chemistry at a level corresponding to the bachelor course "Kemi VU"

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 1 week
Type of assessment details
Written, individual assignments
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Mastership of the course objectives demonstrated by practical application of the methods and models covered in the course to problem solving.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 64
  • Preparation
  • 284
  • Exam Preparation
  • 64
  • English
  • 412

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
NKEK15003U
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

2 blocks

Placement
Block 1 And Block 2
Schedulegroup
B
Capacity
16
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Studyboard
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • Department of Chemistry
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Stergios Piligkos   (8-787174716f73777b486b706d7536737d366c73)
Teacher

Jesper Bendix
Stergios Piligkos
Høgni Weihe
Anders Hammershøi

Saved on the 28-02-2022

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