This module builds on what you learned in stage 1. You will further develop your skills for the synthesis of compounds, and in the manipulation of the physical properties of coordination compounds. You will apply advanced spectroscopic techniques for the structure elucidation of reaction products. You will gain experience of the physical basis of separation science and its applications in laboratory chromatographic techniques.
You will extend your laboratory skills to considering the methods for manipulation of the solid state including polymer synthesis and provide practical illustration of analytical techniques to interrogate the solid state and identify phase change. You will develop your professional and transferable skills.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: Analysing situations and assumptions, identifying problems and defining tasks, formulating objectives and approaches. Standardisation of operating procedures, laboratory documentation
SPECTROSCOPIC AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF COORDINATION COMPOUNDS: Introduction to synthesis of coordination compounds. Isomerism in metal ion coordination compounds, spectroscopic analysis; electrochemistry of metal complexes. Optical isomerism
PRINCIPLES FOR SYNTHESIS: Design of a multi-step reaction sequences. Product conversion and overall yield. The importance of sequence in multistep reactions. Applications of reaction databases. Experiments to illustrate the concepts of phase behaviour of systems, intra- and inter- molecular interactions, behaviour within complex systems, ionic systems and their complex dissolution behaviour, the partition function and its interpretation, use of computational methods and relevant software within chemistry.