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Topics and Learning Outcomes

  • Metal Complexes
    •  define complex, ligand and coordinate bond
    •  recognize that hydrolysis of metal ions in aqueous solutions gives rise to acidic solutions and predict their relative acidity
    •  recognize chelate ligands, their donor atoms and the stability of their complexes
    •  name coordination complexes and compounds using IUPAC nomenclature
    •  identify isomers including structural, geometrical and optical isomerism for tetrahedral, square planar and octahedral complexes
    •  write down the form of the stability constant, Kstab, for a complex
    •  recognize and predict how the formation of stable complexes can increase the apparent solubility of salts by combining Ksp and Kstab expressions
  • Coordination Chemistry
    •  work out the oxidation state of a transition metal in a complex
    •  work out the number of d electrons on a transition metal cation and the number of unpaired electrons
    •  recognize that the magnetism of transition metal complexes and many of their colours arise from the d electrons
  • Metals in Biology
    •  list the important molecular building blocks of living systems
    •  identify essential, toxic and medicinal elements
    •  explain the typical roles of metals in the body
    •  relate the medicinal uses of metals to their coordination chemistry
    •  recognize the role of coordination chemistry in drug design

Textbook and eBook References

  • Metal Complexes - Section 13,3
  • Metals in Biology - Section 13.5
  • Coordination Chemistry - Sections 13.3 - 13.4
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Metal Complexes -  
Metals in Biology -  
  Guided tour of metalloproteins  
Description: Structures of important biological molecules with metals at the active site
Tags: metalloproteins | metalloenzymes  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
Coordination Chemistry -  
  Colours of transition metal complexes  
Description: Origin of the beautiful colours of complexes
Contributed by Adam Bridgeman

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