Chemistry of the p-Block and f-Block Elements

Module code: F1024
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

In this module, you'll explore selected areas of Main Group Chemistry. You'll be 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'll 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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Achieve a comprehensive knowledge of the major concepts, principles and theories of p- and f-block elements and the ability to critically solve problems related to them
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of different bonding types encountered in the p-block elements and explain and predict the shapes of main group clusters of a given formula
  • Apply their understanding of NMR spectroscopy to predict the spectra of unknown main group compounds and explicate its usefulness in f-block chemistry
  • A systematic understanding of electronic, magnetic, spectroscopic and catalytic properties of f-block compounds