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CH3210 - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject extends the material delivered in CH2210 with applications in three areas of modern inorganic chemistry: organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and inorganic materials chemistry. The organometallic chemistry component covers the bonding, reactions and industrial applications of organometallic compounds including their roles in homo- and heterogeneous catalysis and in organic synthetic transformations ; The section on bioinorganic chemistry covers the importance of transition metals in metallo-proteins and enzymes, the possible applications of synthetic analogues of these species and the use of transition metal complexes in medicine as either therapeutic or diagnostic agents. The inorganic materials section describes the uses of inorganic nanomaterials with a focus on catalysts for solar fuels and solar cells.

Learning Outcomes

  • employ advanced synthetic methodology and purification techniques to produce and characterise typical inorganic compounds;
  • demonstrate the relationship between reactivity, selectivity and structure in organometallic complexes;
  • assess the role of metals in biology, and in the development and application of metal-based therapeutics and diagnostics;
  • describe the use of inorganic materials in the modern world.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Worshop - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.
Students should have completed an inorganic chemistry subject that has coordination chemistry as a component
Prerequisites: CH2210
CH3101, CH3102, CH3103


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Professor Peter Junk
Lecturers: Dr Murray Davies, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 5 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.