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I teach the following courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

Theory courses

  1. Inorganic Chemistry (CY11001) for 1st year UG students

  2. Inorganic Chemistry I, CY20105 for 2nd year UG students

  3. Principles of Organometallics, CY41006/CY41014 for 1st year M. Sc.(2 years) students

  4. Special Topics in Main Group Chemistry, CY61019 for 2nd year M.Sc. (2 years) and research scholars.

Laboratory courses

  1. Inorganic Laboratory (CY19001) for 1st year UG students

  2. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory I, CY29002: Qualitative analysis of inorganic salts.

  3. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II, CY39004: Quantitative analyses by volumetric and gravimetric methods.

Inorganic Chemistry I – Structure and bondings, CY20105.

Atomic structure: Blackbody radiation, electromagnetic magnetic radiation, the Bohr model for the hydrogen atom, the line spectrum, the photoelectric effect, particle-wave duality, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, basics of quantum mechanics – the postulates, the wave equation, operators, eigenvalues, wave functions, Schrodinger’s solution to the hydrogen atom, interpreting the solutions, the radial wave function, angular wave function, symmetry of orbitals, quantum numbers, orthogonality, the polyelectronic atoms, electron spin and Pauli principle, the aufbau principle, Hund’s rule, periodicity of the elements, shielding, the sizes of atoms, ionization energy, and electron affinity.
The ionic bond: The ionic bond, properties, packing of atoms, structures of crystal lattices, lattice energy, the Born-Haber cycle, size effects, radius ratio, Fajans rules, imperfections in crystals, band theory, and types of semiconductors.
The covalent bond: The Lewis structure, formal charge, valence bond theory, resonance, hybridization, molecular orbital theory, - homonuclear, heteronuclear molecules, theories of electronegativity- Pauling’s, Mulliken-Jaffe, variation of electronegativity, and VSEPR theory.
Acid-Base chemistry: Bronsted-Lowry, Lux-Flood, Solvent system, Lewis, Usanocich definitions, gas phase basicities, acidities, Drago-Wayland equation, steric effects, salvation effects and acid-base anomalies, hard and soft acids and bases, acid-base strength and hardness and softness, symbiosis.
Nonaqueous solvents: ammonia, solutions of metals in ammonia,

Systematic chemistry of the elements: Chemistry of hydrogen, the boron and carbon groups elements, the nitrogen and oxygen groups elements, the halogens and the noble gases.


Suggested text books

  1. Inorganic Chemistry – Principles of structure and reactivity, 2007, James E. Huheey, Ellen A. Keiter, Richard L. Keiter, Okhil K Medhi.

  2. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Second edition, 1966, F. A. Cotton, and G. Wilkinson.

  3. Inorganic Chemistry, Third edition, Shriver and Atkins.

  4. Concepts and Models of Inorganic Chemistry, Third edition, Bodie Douglas, Darl McDaniel, John Alexander.

Principles of Organometallics, CY41006/CY41014

General properties, the 18-electron rule, σ, π-donor and acceptor ligands: metal alkyls, aryls, hydrides, carbonyls, phosphine, nitrosyl, and dinitrogen complexes. Isolobal analogy, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, insertion, elimination, nucleophilic and electrophilic addition and abstraction. Carbenes, carbynes, and fluxional properties-NMR.

Suggested text books

  1. Elschenbroich, C. Organometallics.

  2. Crabtree, R. H. The organometallic chemistry of the transition metals.

  3. Huheey, J. E. Inorganic Chemistry – Principles of structure and reactivity.


Special Topics in Main Group Chemistry, CY61019

Multiple bonded compounds formed by the group 13, 14, and 15 heavier elements and their bonding theories. Inorganic biradicals, homoconjugation/homoaromaticity in main group systems, metal-metal bonding with s-block metals, organolithium, and magnesium, bimetallic reagents, low-coordinate main group element centers, frustrated Lewis pairs, activation of small molecules such as CO2, and H2, hydrogen storage, chemical sensors, hypervalent compounds and their reactions and properties.

Suggested references

  1. Chivers, T.; Konu, J. The future of main group chemistry, Comments on Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, 30:5-6, 131-176 and related references available in the literature.


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