3 Jun 2017

A Stable Monomeric SiO2 Complex with Donor-Acceptor Ligands: Foundational Application of VSEPR for Understanding Crystallographic Data

Literature Discussion

Submitted by S. Chantal E. Stieber, Cal Poly Pomona

This module offers students an introductory chemistry or foundational inorganic course exposure to recent literature work. Students will apply their knowledge of VSEPR and basic bonding to predict geometries of complex SiO2-containing structures. Students will gain a basic understanding of how crystallography is used to determine molecular structures and compare experimental crystallographic data to their predictions.

Learning Goals: 

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the bonding in SiO2 and related compounds
  2. Apply bonding models to compare and contrast bond types
  3. Apply VSEPR to predict bond angles
  4. Utilize crystallographic data to evaluate structures
Implementation Notes: 

Students should have access to the paper and read the first and fourth paragraphs on the first page and the third paragraph on the second page. Students should also reference scheme 1 and figure 1.


This module could be either used as a homework assignment or in-class activity.

Evaluation Methods: 

This was created during the IONiC VIPEr workshop 2017 and has not yet been implemented.

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