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CHM 601: Non-transition Metal Chemistry (4)

Prerequisites: CHM 102, CHM 301

Concepts and principles of nontransition metal chemistry: An overview of bonding models in inorganic chemistry, Chemical forces, Bent’s rule, Application of molecular orbital theory to polyatomic molecules (localized and delocalized orbitals), Walsh diagrams, Fluxional molecules, Atomic inversion, Berry pseudorotation.

The role of p- and d- orbital participation in nonmetals, Periodicity, periodic anomalies of the nonmetals, multiple bonding in heavier main group elements, charge transfer complexes.

Representative chemistry of  s- and p-blocks: alkali metals, boranes, carboranes, boron clusters, Wade’s rules, metallacarboranes, boron nitride nanotubes, fullerene, grapheme, CNT, organosilicon compounds, silicates and aluminosilicates, zeolites, silylenes and R3Si+, Polysilanes, stability and activation of dinitrogen, phosphorus oxides, oxyacids, phosphines, anion chemistry of N, P, As and Sb, singlet and triplet oxygen, oxygen activation, chemistry of chalcogens, polychalcogenides, sulfur-nitrogen compounds, halogens, pseudohalogens, interhalogens, noble gases, CFC

Chemistry of carbenes, push-pull carbenes, stable heavier carbene analogues (Silicon, Germanium, Tin and lead): synthesis, characterisation and reactivity.

Multiple bonding in heavier main-group elements: Synthesis, structure and reactivity.

Main group organometallic chemistry: Preparation, stability aspects and reactions. Structurally diverse π-cyclopentadienyl complexes of the main group elements. Element-Element Addition to Alkynes (Si-Si, Ge-Ge, B-B, S-S, Se-Se, Ge-Sn, Si-B, Sn-B, S-B, Se-P, Si-S).

Interlocked macromolecules: catenanes, rotaxanes, pseudorotaxanes.

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