Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Paul Smith / Valparaiso University on Wed, 07/21/2021 - 10:42

A one-semester study of advanced topics in inorganic chemistry with emphasis on structure and bonding, transition metal chemistry, organometallic and solid-state chemistry.

Basics of Qualitative Molecular Orbital Theory

Submitted by Austin Scharf / Oxford College of Emory University on Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:23

This is a worksheet designed for a flipped-classroom, in-class activity during the first course in our chemistry sequence.  It teaches the basics of Molecular Orbital Theory from a semi-qualitative standpoint, by showing the constructive and destructive overlap of s-orbital "wavefunctions."  The activity  illustrates the formation of the bonding and antibonding molecular orbitals in H2, shows its molecular orbital diagram, and introduces the concept of bond order.

Photochemical Reactions of Copper (II) Carboxylate Artist Pigments

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Thu, 05/20/2021 - 09:57

This literature discussion shows how serious inorganic chemistry topics can related to cultural heritage problems.  The paper is pretty dense in EPR and UV/Vis spectroscopy, but the questions don't go in super great depth on those topics instead focusing on the problem, the main findings, structures and the experiment design, with some additional questions about the spectroscopy.  

Inorganic Chemistry

This course will emphasize the fundamental concepts needed to understand the diverse chemistry of all the elements of the periodic table. The common theme for the entire course will be Structure and Bonding. The primary focus will be inorganic molecules, ions and solids, but the concepts we will discuss are applicable to all aspects of chemistry. The first two-thirds of the course will cover theories of bonding in molecules and solids along with some background in symmetry and structure.

Dean Johnston / Otterbein University Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:41

nanoCHAts: Informal conversations about teaching

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:33

A collection of all of the IONiC VIPEr NanoCHAts. These are short discussion on a teaching topic by 4-5 faculty members from different institutions. Each of these events is recorded and posted to the IONiC VIPEr YouTube Channel.

Effect of Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding on Cupric Superoxide Complexes (Karlin)

Submitted by Mayukh Bhadra / Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 12:56

This study guide/question set will help a student navigate through the related research paper and test the student's understanding on the effects of hydrogen bonding in synthetic Cu-O2 adducts in the realm of bioinorganic model chemistry.

Anion Coordination Chemistry (Bowman-James)

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 14:56

Ligands can bind to anions, just as they do to metal ions, and Bowman-James developed these analogies as well as many examples of selective anion binding ligands.  This short slide decks gives background to her work as well as some relevant introductory material.  

reaction of PPh3 with elements--the COVID edition

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Sun, 02/28/2021 - 15:37

This is a research-like laboratory experience based on the one posted by Brad Wile (linked below). My students are mostly juniors and have had 2 semesters of organic. This spring they are taking the inorganic laboratory virtually, so I wanted to give them a more exploratory lab experience. Their job will be to watch the YouTube videos to see the synthesis and isolated products, and then propose characterization methods they want to employ to identify both the identity and purity of the compounds. 

SLiThEr #16: Scaffolding oral exams in general chemistry

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Thu, 02/18/2021 - 18:09

Dr. Sabrina Sobel of Hofstra University Presented the 16th SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable) on 2/17/2021. The topic was scaffolding and oral exams in general chemistry. 

The SLiThEr was recorded and posted on YouTube. The link can be found below.