Inorganic Chemistry

Submitted by Dani Arias-Rotondo / Kalamazoo College on Thu, 08/05/2021 - 10:17

Activation of carbon dioxide by zirconium amides

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Tue, 06/08/2021 - 14:48
Description

The O'Hare group has studied complexes of the permethylpentalene ligand, and recently reported the reaction of a zirconium complex of this ligand with CO2 to form the carbamate. A series of three different complexes were prepared, each with slightly different products upon reaction with CO2, illustrating subtle differences in reactivity based on either sterics or electronics. To further tangle the web, entropic and enthalpic considerations can also be considered. 

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
Description

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.

Inorganic Chemistry Spectroscopy Tutorial: Theoretical Principles and Applications, Version 2.0

Submitted by Jason Cooke / Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Canada on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 07:34
Description

In the 2000s, we developed an online tutorial that demonstrates the fundamental principles and applications of the various types of spectroscopy that students will encounter in the inorganic chemistry laboratory, namely infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis).  With the demise of the original Flash browser plug-in at the end of 2020, a revised version 2.0 has been created to update the source content to HTML5.  The tutorial has been designed as a stand-alone interactive resource that can either

Artificial Photosynthesis Using Quantum Dot / Porphyrin Aggregates (Weiss)

Submitted by Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College on Sun, 03/28/2021 - 14:17
Description

This literature discussion highlights recent research from the Weiss group in which electrostatically assembled aggregates of CuInS2 / ZnS quantum dots and trimethylamino-functionalized tetraphenylporphyrin molecules were used to selectively reduce carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide.

National ACS Award Winners 2021 LO Collection

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 12:14

This collection of learning objects was created to celebrate the National ACS Award Winners 2021 who are members of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. The list of award winners is shown below. 

reaction of PPh3 with elements--the COVID edition

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

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. 

Development of Expanded Porphyrins (Sessler)

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 09:24
Description

The LO focuses upon classic articles describing the synthesis and characterization of the first "texaphyrin" compounds.

This LO is part of a special VIPEr collection honoring the 2021 ACS National Award recipients in the field of inorganic chemistry. Jonathan L. Sessler was the recipient of the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry for the discovery of expanded porphyrins, molecular recognition via base-pairing, pyrrole-based anion binding, and demonstrating the power of this biomimetic chemistry in drug discovery.

The Organometallic Chemistry Behind the Polymer of Squares (Chirik)

Submitted by Megan Mohadjer Beromi / Princeton University on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 12:34
Description

The discussion covers a 2021 publication by the Chirik group (Nature Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1038/s41557-020-00614-w) which details the discovery of a new way to polymerize butadiene through iron-catalyzed [2+2] cycloadd