Inorganic Chemistry, 6 credits (NKEB06)

Oorganisk kemi, 6 hp

Main field of study

Chemical Engineering Chemical Biology Chemistry


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Henrik Pedersen

Director of studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6KKEM Chemistry, Bachelor´s Programme 2 (Spring 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping o
6KKEB Chemical Biology 4 (Spring 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping o
6IKEA Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 2 (Spring 2017) 1 2 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Chemical Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chemistry

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Chemistry, Bachelor´s Programme
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


General Chemistry

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give the basis of inorganic chemistry for further studies in chemistry. After passing the course the student is able to:

  • describe the relationship between the electronic structure of atoms/ions and important chemical parameters such as electronegativity, oxidation state, ionic radius, and coordination number
  • discuss the acidic and basic properties of metal ions and oxo anions in water solutions
  • explain the concept lattice energy and how it can be calculated
  • explain the concepts Lewis acid and Lewis base and how they can be applied in the analysis of chemical reactions
  • explain how E/pH-diagrams can be used to predict inorganic redox reactions
  • discuss the most common coordination geometries of the d-elements and the basis of ligand (crystal) field theory
  • apply some important inorganic synthesis methods


Course content

The chemical and physical properties of the elements taking as starting point their positions in the periodic table. The geometry of s-, p-, and d-orbitals and the origin of s, p and d bonds. The difference between ground state and bonding state. Important trends in the periodic table, e.g. acidic and basic properties of cations and anions in water. The relationship between the crystal structure of ionic compounds and their stabilty. The concepts Hard and Soft Acids and Bases (HSAB), Lewis acid and Lewis base. Thermochemical cycles (Born-Haber cycles). Inorganic redox reactions and E/pH-diagrams (Pourbaix diagram). Coordination compounds and Ligand (Crystal) Field Theory. Metal-organic compounds and their chemistry.
The laboratory course includes the synthesis of a few inorganic compounds. Determination of the oxidation states of vanadium by redox titration. Synthesis of cobolt containing coordination compounds and spectroscopic determination of their ligand field splitting.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of lectures, lessons, and laboratory exercises


LAB1LaboratoryU, G1.5 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54.5 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson


Henrik Pedersen

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 72 h
Recommended self-study hours: 88 h

Course literature

G. Rayner-Canham & T. Overton, “Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry”, 6th ed.
G. Rayner-Canham & T. Overton, “Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry”, 6th ed.
LAB1 Laboratory U, G 1.5 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4.5 credits

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