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Inorganic Chemistry (434-0-01)


Kenneth Poeppelmeier

Meeting Info

Technological Institute MG28: Tues, Thurs 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

The course will include topics covering the whole of inorganic chemistry from biological inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, solid state chemistry, materials chemistry and nanoscience. Using the three major reference works Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry, Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry , and Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry, this large body of work covering the whole of modern inorganic chemistry will be introduced through the writings of teams of leading experts. This course will highlight the commonality and differences between extended and molecular inorganic structures and the many thousands of compounds and materials that chemists have made, and which we continue to make at a rapidly accelerating rate, from the different elements of the Periodic Table.

Learning Objectives

The course is designed to help graduate students, as they begin their careers as inorganic chemists, navigate the major, long-standing scientific references works that are readily available today in digital form.

Class Materials (Required)


Extensive use will be made of the following inorganic chemistry reference series (available from the library). Here are the links:

Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II (2013):

Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry III (2023):

Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II (2003):

Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III (2007):

Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry IV (2023):

Class Materials (Suggested)

No textbook is required. However, traditional textbooks such as the following are encouraged readings.

  1. "Inorganic Chemistry" by Housecroft and Sharpe

  2. "Inorganic Chemistry" by Shriver & Atkins and others

  3. "Advanced Inorganic Chemistry" by Cotton and Wilkinson

  4. "Inorganic Chemistry: Structure and Reactivity" by Huheey

  5. "Solid State Chemistry" by Smart and Moore

  6. "Magnetochemistry" by A. F. Orchard

  7. "The Periodic Table" by Primo Levi