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(i) Physical and chemical trends of selected d-block metals (electron configuration, size, electronegativity, oxidation states…). Occurrence, extraction, uses, Ellingham Diagrams. Binary compounds, oxides and halides. Electrochemistry of “d-block” elements. Latimer and Frost-Ebsworth diagrams.
(ii) Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms. Material covered includes: inner sphere/outer sphere electron transfer mechanisms of metal complexes; ligand substitutions of square planar complexes. Trans effect.
(iii) Introduction to crystal field theory (octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar). Jahn Teller distortion. Common types of electronic transition in d-block metal complexes d-d (use of Orgel diagrams), MLCT, LMCT. Magnetism of d-block metal ions in coordination complexes.