Spring 2022 - CHEM 332 D100

The Chemistry of Transition Metals (3)

Class Number: 1467

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 230, 236W and 260, all with a minimum grade of C-, or permission of the Department.



The synthesis and characterization of classical and organometallic complexes of the transition metals, and their physical and chemical properties. Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:

3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: In-person at Burnaby campus (MWF, 12:30-13:20, AQ 5018)
Tutorial: In-person at Burnaby campus (F, 13:30-14:20, AQ 5018)

Course Description:

The synthesis and characterization of classical and organometallic complexes of the transition metals, and their physical and chemical properties.


1. Introduction. Classification of the transition metal (TM) elements, lanthanides and actinides and comparison with main group elements. Review of basic concepts and nomenclature
2. Brief overview of the coordination chemistry of the transition metals
3. Introduction to common techniques used to characterize transition metal compounds: Infrared, Raman, NMR, ESR, X-ray, etc
4. Symmetry and Group Theory
5. Crystal/ligand field theory, magnetic properties and spin transition materials
6. UV-vis spectroscopy of classical transition-metal complexes.
7. Reaction mechanisms exhibited by TM complexes: substitution and electron transfer.
8. Introduction to TM organometallic chemisry: 18 electron rule, ligand survey, common reactions, catalysis
9. Lanthanide and Actinide chemistry


  • Midterm Exams 40%
  • Quizzes/Assignments 20%
  • Final Exam 40%



Gary L. Miessler, Paul J. Fischer & Donald A. Tarr. Inorganic Chemistry. 5th Edition. 2014. Publisher: Pearson.
ISBN: 9780321811059

Alan. K. Brisdon. Inorganic Spectroscopic Methods. 1998. Publisher: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780198559498

R. S. Drago. Physical Methods for Chemists. 2nd Edition. 1992. (Available online)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:


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