SLiThErs - Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable

A collection of all of the IONiC VIPEr SLiThErs (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable). These events are short presentations on a topic followed by a period of discussion between the presenter and live participants. Each of these events is recorded and posted to the IONiC VIPEr YouTube Channel.

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Thu, 12/17/2020 - 14:18

A Thousand Manipulatable Inorganic Electron-Counting Problems from Crystallography

Submitted by George Lisensky / Beloit College on Wed, 03/01/2023 - 14:40

One thousand interactive organometallic and coordination complexes have been selected and prepared for practice and discovery in electron counting problems. The structures can be displayed and manipulated without requiring software installation using a web browser with JavaScript and JSmol.

Building Heteronuclear Diatomic MOs

Submitted by Andrea V / Chicago State University on Thu, 01/26/2023 - 14:53

A guided inquiry activity for students to build the MO diagram for HF based on energetic and symmetry considerations.  Students then compare their model to a standard MO diagram and examine what additional information a MO diagram conveys that the Lewis structure does not.

SLiThEr #42: Our Favorite Labs

Chip Nataro (Lafayette College) hosts a live discussion covering the favorite labs that people teach. The discussion somewhat evolved into a conversation on "so, you are teaching inorganic lab for the first time...what do you do?"

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Thu, 11/17/2022 - 08:29

A coordination table of the d-block elements

Submitted by Barbara Reisner / James Madison University on Sun, 10/09/2022 - 08:51

Stanley-Gray, Zhang, and Venkataraman from UMass Amherst mined the Cambridge Structural Database to put together graphics that show trends for coordination geometry, distribution of oxidation states, overall coordination geometry,  and coordination geometry with specific ligands to understand the influence of ligand on geometry.

Molecular Magnets with Lanthanide Metal-Metal Bonding

Submitted by A. M. Christianson / Bellarmine University on Wed, 08/24/2022 - 11:36

This literature discussion is based on a 2022 Science paper describing a series of dilanthanide complexes with exceptional magnetic properties due to the presence of metal-metal bonding. These molecules are the first reported species to feature direct bonding between two lanthanides! The paper contains ample material for discussion of molecular symmetry and bonding, oxidation states and electron configurations, and magnetism. The handout includes a description, glossary, discussion questions, and pre-class worksheet.

Inorganic Chemistry Abdul K. Mohammed / North Carolina Central University Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:51
Inorganic Chemistry I

Descriptive chemistry of the main group elements with some emphasis on the non-metals.  Transition metal compounds: aspects of bonding, spectra, and reactivity; complexes of n-acceptor ligands; organometallic compounds and their role in catalysis; metals in biological systems; preparative, analytical, and instrumental techniques. 

Rudy Luck / Michigan Technological University Wed, 08/17/2022 - 15:52