Chemistry of the Non-Transition Elements (F1024)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module, you explore selected areas of Main Group Chemistry and you're introduced to the chemistry of the lanthanide and actinide elements - in both cases highlighting differences with the chemistry of elements from the transition series.

As part of the module, you cover topics such as:

  • aspects of bonding in the p-block elements
  • NMR spectroscopy of the p-block elements
  • main group cluster species
  • introduction to lanthanides and their chemistry
  • coordination chemistry and applications of lanthanide complexes
  • actinide chemistry.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem Set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 28 hours of contact time and 122 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.