The Chemistry of stable, unstable and non-existent inorganic compounds (859C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module explores the latest advances in the chemistry of heavy main group elements. It is based on recent findings in the subject, combining lectures with directed and independent reading, class discussion and critical review of the literature. Lectures will deal with strategies for the synthesis and application of reactive and exotic main-group compounds and ligands, and the conceptual treatments and theories used to explain and guide their study. The formal lectures will be augmented with in-class discussions and problem-solving exercises.


100%: Lecture


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.