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Course Name Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
Course Code 22CHY215
Semester 4
Credits 4


Unit 1

Periodic properties and s-Block elements
Long form of periodic table and classification of elements based on electronic configuration. periodicity in properties – atomic, ionic, covalent radii – ionization potential – electron affinity – electro negativity – effective nuclear charge – Slater’s rule and their trends in periodic table. s-Block elements: General characteristics – atomic and ionic radii – ionization energies – electropositive character – reducing properties – hydration of ions – flame coloration – lattice energies – diagonal relationship – chemical properties – Ellingham diagram – extraction of alkali and alkaline earth metals – uses of alkali and alkaline earth metals – complexes of alkali and alkaline earth metals – compounds of alkali and alkaline earth metals and their applications.

Unit 2

p block elements
General characteristics – metallic and non-metallic character –– extraction of p-block elements – Lewis acids – back bonding – boron compounds. Catenation – structure of graphite – intercalation compounds – carbides – silica, silicates, glass manufacturing – zeolites. Allotropy in P and S. compounds of N and P – hydrazine – hydrazoic acid – hydroxyl amine – phosphazines. anomalous behavior of second raw elements, structure – of ozone. Hydrides, halides, oxides, oxoacids, persulfuric acids, nitrides of group VI and VII elements. Inter halogen compounds and their structure. Isolation of noble gases – preparation, properties, structure and uses of noble gas compounds

Unit 3

d block elements
Transition metals: General characteristics – metallic character – oxidation states – size – density – melting and boiling points – ionization energy – color – magnetic properties – reducing properties – catalytic properties – Non-stoichiometric compounds – complex formation – alloy formation – difference between first row and other two rows of d block elements and compounds- extractive metallurgy – Ellingham diagram – Compounds of transition metals (other than coordination compounds).

Unit 4

f block elements
Position in the Periodic Table – General characteristics of lanthanides and actinides – Lanthanide contraction and its consequences. Isolation of Lanthanides from Monazite – Ion exchange resin method. Actinides – occurrence and preparation, comparison with lanthanides. Chemistry of Thorium and Uranium – Important compounds – preparation, properties and uses.

Unit 5

Nuclear Chemistry
Nuclear structure, mass and charge, mass defect, binding energy, stability rules, magic numbers, nuclear quantum numbers, nuclear parity. Models of nucleus, shell model, liquid drop model, semi empirical mass equation, equations of radioactive decay and growth, half-life, average life – determination of half-lives, types of nuclear reactions. Radiation chemistry – Radiochemical methods – measurement of radioactivity, measurement of radiations – gas detector, scintillation counter, semiconductor detectors. Applications of nuclear and radiation chemistry, isotope dilution analysis – activation analysis, radiometric titrations, radiation dosimetry, hydrated electron. Effective utilisation of nuclear energy – nuclear reactors.


  1. Shriver and Atkins’ Inorganic Chemistry (Fifth Edition), P.W. Atkins, T.L. Overton, J.P. Rourke, M.T. Weller, and F.A. Armstrong, Oxford University Press (2010)
  2. Inorganic Chemistry (Fourth Edition), Catherine E. Housecroft and Alan G. Sharpe, Pearson, 2012
  3. Lee J. D., ‘Concise Inorganic Chemistry’, Black Well Science, UK. 2006
  4. Concepts and Models of Inorganic Chemistry: B. Douglous, D. Rsd McDaniel and J. Alexander (2006) 3 edition (student edition), Wiley-India
  5. H J Arnikar, Essentials of Nuclear Chemistry, 4th revised edition, New Age International (P) Limited publishers, 2015
    Source book on atomic energy, Glaston
  6. J.E. Huheey, R.A. Keiter, R.L. Keiter, ‘Inorganic Chemistry-Principles of Structure and Reactivity’, 4th Edn., Prentice Hall, 1997.
  7. F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C. A. Murillo & M. Bochmann, ‘Advanced Inorganic Chemistry’, 6th edition, John Wiley, 1999.

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