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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: