Complex chemistry

Course Code :1001WETCOC
Study domain:Chemistry
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:Minimum 8/20 for "Fundamentals of Chemistry I", "Fundamentals of Chemistry II, incl. practical"
Contact hours:28
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Pegie Cool

3. Course contents *

In the first chapter of this course the classical theories of complex chemistry (ligand field theory, M.O. theory) are reviewed. Also the most important properties of complexes are discussed, such as reactivity, stability and colour of complexes. The theory is applied in exercises.




In the second chapter a series of typical characterisation methods for studying complexes, deposited on a solid support, are handled. The principles of FT-IR, FT-Raman and UV-VIS-DR are discussed.




The last chapter of this course deals with the  broad range of different mechanisms of inorganic reactions where complexes are involved. An overview of varying inorganic reactions will be discussed, such as:


-          the division of the global inorganic reaction in its individual steps and a description of their equilibrium;


-          the characterization of intermediate products and an estimation of their existence time


-          the study of the transition state for each of the reaction steps in terms of composition, geometry, solvatation and  energy .