CY7230 : Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

General Instruction:

Structural aspects of inorganic compounds, structural methods and their classification.

Spectroscopic Methods:

Principles, experimentation and illustration of the scope of different methods viz., NMR, ESR, NQR, MW, IR RAMAN, UV-VIS, UPS, XPS, Mossbauer and Mass spectral techniques, A variety of case studies will be dealt with in each case.

Diffraction Methods:

X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction techniques (Principles, instrumentation and applications).

Optical Methods:

ORD, CD and MCD techniques – principles, experimentation and scope with specific examples.

Thermal Methods:

TGA, DTA and DSC techniques – principles, instrumentation and uses (applications to polymers and explosives will also be considered).

Miscellaneous Methods:

Principles, determination, scope and uses of i) Magnetic ii) dipole moment iii) refractive index and iv) conductance properties of inorganic compounds for structural elucidation.


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  2. RK Harris & BE Mann, NMR and the Periodic tabled by Academic Press 1978.
  3. R.S. Drago, Physical methods in inorganic chemistry, 2nd Edition, Chapman and Hall, 1977.
  4. Molecular structure by diffraction methods spl. periodical report, Chem.Soc (Lon) Vol.1, 1973.
  5. Physical methods in advanced inorganic chemistry Eds. HAO Hill and P. Day, Interscience, London, 1968.