ambidentate ligands - kinetics versus thermodynamics

Submitted by Joshua Telser / Roosevelt University on Fri, 04/23/2021 - 12:37

I scanned through the forums that came up with "kinetics" and could not find what I am looking for, but I know VIPEr people know the answer to this question: I am looking for an example of kinetics versus thermodynamics control of an ambidentate ligand, i.e., M + XY ---> M-XY initially (kinetics control) ---> M-YX (eventually, thermodynamic product). Any examples of M and XY (obviously "XY" is generic, could be SCN-, et al.)?

Subdivision of Sustainable Energy & Environment Question

Hi everyone - can anyone tell me when the ACS-INOR subdivision of  Sustainable Energy & Environment was established? It looks new. I like to start out the semester with a little history and frame the field as it is.

Robert Q. Topper / Cooper Union Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:11

Help Getting teaching 2nd Semester Advananced Inorganic

Submitted by Lary / Wright State University on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 12:44

I am just starting teaching our 2nd semester Advanced Inorganic chemistry Course.  Essentially, the only information I received from my predecessor is that we use Miessler and teach chapters 10,11, 12,13, and 14.  I have the slides from the publisher.  Students have all had P.Chem. and the first semester Chapters 1-9 and are mostly seniors.


Need help with mechanism based research ideas for senior inorganic lab.

Submitted by Tim Herzog / Weber State University on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 10:32

In my senior level inorganic lab, I've tried to incorporate full semester research projects.  Since I love synthesis, I have tended to assign synthetic projects.  Students have learned a lot during these experiences, but there are the obvious challenges of multistep synthetic work in a 3 hour a week lab. I'd like to try to develop projects that are more mechanistic in nature, but am struggling to come up with ideas that are both compelling and achievable.  We will be working in lab this spring with social distancing and some restrictions, but should be able to do all the things we normally


NSF proposal on teaching/learning symmetry information

Submitted by Sam Pazicni / University of Wisconsin -- Madison on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 20:06

Hello! Maia Popova ( and I ( are putting together an NSF IUSE proposal to investigate student learning of molecular symmetry and how classroom practices influence this learning. We would greatly appreciate if VIPEr members would consider one or both of the following requests:


SLiThEr video and topic requests

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Tue, 07/14/2020 - 13:16

Hi All,

Our first SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging, Roundtable) was a success. The topic was teaching lab online with little prep time.

If you didn't get to attend here's the link to the recorded video.

Also, there is an upcoming SLiTher scheduled for this thursday. It will be about teaching a traditional lecture course online and we hope you can come join the discussion! 

Here's the registration link


Web cams for online teaching and lab

Submitted by Tom Clayton / Knox College on Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:58

I'm looking for reccomendations for affordable and versatile web cams that would capture verything from written text on a whiteboard to color and phase changes in an Ehrlenmeyer flask.  Suggestions for products that have worked for you would be very much appreciated as I gear up fast for an entire online Inorganic Chemistry experience.   Thanks!