Fall 2022 - CHEM 839 G100

Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Supramolec Inorganic Chem

Class Number: 8189

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



An advanced, in-depth treatment of a specialized area of inorganic chemistry.


CHEM 839:  Supramolecular Inorganic Chemistry

This course will explore the specialized field of supramolecular inorganic chemistry, covering the synthesis, characterization and bulk property goals of discrete supramolecular coordination polyhedra/clusters, coordination polymers and Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs).  The students will lead the teaching and learning process in this course, with guidance from the instructor.

Overview of supramolecular coordination chemistry
Design principles, non-covalent interactions (metal-ligands bonding; hydrogen-bonding; pi-pi stacking; halogen-interactions; metallophilicity etc.), synthesis and characterization techniques, polymorphism.
Supramolecular Coordination Polyhedra   
Synthesis, characterization and bulk properties, goals and challenges.   
Coordination Polymers: Fundamentals, Properties and Applications
Synthesis, structures, dimensionality and network topologies, common building blocks, interpenetration and bulk properties/applications (e.g. magnetism, tunable emission, luminescence and sensing, thermal expansion, NLO properties, conductivity).  
Metal-Organic Frameworks: Fundamentals, Properties and Applications
Synthesis, structures, common building blocks, porosity and characterization techniques for MOFs and how they differ from coordination polymers.  Bulk properties/applications (e.g. gas storage and separation, catalysis, ionic and proton conductivity, drug delivery).    






  • Assignments 20%
  • Lecture Presentations 55%
  • Design a problem set 25%


Student Evaluation Procedure
Please note the evaluation process is subject to vary as to the below grading scheme:
Assignments  20%
Lecture Presentations  55-65%
Design a problem set  15-25%
No midterm or final exam.






A combination of the primary literature and secondary library sources will be used (books/reviews on Coordination Polymers, MOFs, Supramolecular Coordination Chemistry, Network Structures etc.).  Examples include “Coordination Polymers design, analysis and application (Batten, Neville and Turner) 2009; Structural Design and Properties of Coordination Polymers (Kostakis, 2018); Introduction to reticular chemistry: metal-organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks (Yaghi, Kalmutzki, Diercks, 2019); Functional supramolecular materials: from surfaces to MOFs (Banerjee, 2017); Chemistry of Metal-organic frameworks: synthesis, characterization and applications (Kaskel, 2016).  All these can be accessed online.


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