Details of CH3201 (Spring 2020)

Level: 3 Type: Theory Credits: 4.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
CH3201 Chemistry of Main Group Elements Debabrata Mukherjee

1. Chemistry of the p-Block elements: Hydrogen and its compounds; classification and structure of compounds; reactivity of hydrogen compounds; metal hydrides and dihydrogen complexes.
2. The boron and carbon groups: The boron group; chemistry of boron hydrides, carboranes, and related compounds. Boron-nitrogen compounds. The carbon group with special emphasis on silicon chemistry.
3. The nitrogen and oxygen groups: The nitrogen group with special emphasis on nitrogen and phosphorus chemistry; boronnitrogen compounds; nitrogen-metal complexes and bonding; phosphorus-metal bonds and complexes. The oxygen group with special emphasis on the chemistry of sulfur. p-block ring and cluster compounds.
4. The halogens and the noble gases: Polyhalogen and interhalogen compounds; compounds of halogens and oxygen. The noble gases.
5. Special topics and recent developments: Catenation and multiple bonding between heavier elements, particularly, RE=ER (E = P, As, Sb, Bi), R2E=ER2 and R2E (E = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) systems. Phospha-alkynes and phospha-alkenes. Chemistry of alkali and alkaline earth metals; their uses in homogeneous catalysis and material chemistry. Main group organometallic chemistry. Unusual oxidation states of main group elements with special emphasis on recently developed Al(I) and Si(II)-silylene chemistry.

1.Chemistry of the Elements, by N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw, Butterworth-Heinmann, London, (1997).

2. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry by F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C. A. Murillo and M. Bochmann, John Wiley, Chichester, (1999).

3. Inorganic Chemistry by N. Wiberg, A. Holleman, and E. Wiberg, Academic Press, New York, (2001).

4. Concepts and models of Inorganic Chemistry by B. Douglas, D. McDaniel and J. Alexander, John Wiley, New York, (1994).

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 2 Core
2 IP 4 Not Allowed
3 IP 6 Not Allowed
4 MR 2 Not Allowed
5 MR 4 Not Allowed
6 MS 6 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed