Inorganic Chemistry 2


Inorganic Chemistry 2 will focus on d-block elements and their chemistry. Concepts of Lewis acids and bases will be reviewed as necessary foundations as the discussion proceeds to coordination compounds – their bonding, structure, and reactions. Next, the electronic structure for d-block elements will be discussed and how this affects the physical and chemical properties of d-metal complexes. Lastly, reaction mechanisms for d-metal complexes will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between Lewis acids and Lewis bases
  • Identify the arrangement and configuration of coordination compounds
  • Properly name coordination compounds based on their chemical components and points of attachment
  • Explain the differences in d-orbital splitting of complexes based on their geometry
  • Use Orgel and Tanabe-Sugano diagrams to determine ligand-field transitions
  • Estimate the ligand field splitting parameter from the electronic spectra of complexes and Tanabe-Sugano diagrams


Shriver & Atkins’ Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition).

Peter Atkins, Tina Overton, Jonathan Rourke, Mark Weller and Fraser Armstrong.

ISBN: 978-0-19-923617-6



Pearson New International Edition Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition). 

Gary L. Miessler, Paul J. Fisher, and Donald A. Tarr.

ISBN: 978-1-292-02075-4


Inorganic Chemistry (4th Edition).

Catherine E. Housecroft and Alan G. Sharpe.

ISBN: 978-0-273-74275-3

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Acids and Bases

Lewis acidity

Reactions and properties of Lewis acids and bases

Coordination Compounds

Introduction to coordination chemistry

Constitution and geometry

Isomerism and chirality

Thermodynamics of complex formation

d-Metal Complexes

Electronic structure and properties of d-metal complexes

Crystal field theory

Ligand field theory: s-bonding and p-bonding

Electronic spectra

Coordination Chemistry

Ligand substitution reactions

Redox reactions


This syllabus is meant to be a guide and was made to provide an overview for the course. However, circumstances may require some changes to be made during the span of the semester. In such case, students will be notified if there will be any changes made to the syllabus.


For Lecture Class:

         Exams                            90%

         Attendance                   10%


For Exercise Class:

         Short Quizzes                30%

         Exercises                        60%

         Attendance                    10%


Assistant Professor

Christian David Cruz Pangilinan

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