NKEK15004U Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

Volume 2024/2025

MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Chemistry with a minor subject


Descriptive inorganic chemistry encompassing the entire periodic table. Application of models for electronic structure, molecular structure and reactivity of coordination compounds to concrete chemical systems.

Learning Outcome

Communication of descriptive inorganic chemistry and important models applied to inorganic chemistry in writing as well as orally. The ability to read, analyze and judge forefront literature in inorganic and coordination chemistry.


an in depth knowledge of the chemistry of the main group and transition elements and a general knowledge about the chemistry of the f-block elements.  
An operational knowledge of important models applied in descriptive inorganic chemistry


- being able to account for the natural occurence of the elements.

- being able to account for the main technical applications of the elements.

- being able to describe and rationalize the most important periodic variations in the chemical and physical properties of the elements and their compounds.

- being able to apply the most common models applied to descriptive inorganic chemistry

- being able to account for the interplay between molecular and electronic structure for inorganic compounds.

- being able to account for important mechanistic aspects of inorganic reactivity.

- being able to account for the most important binary compounds for all elements.

- being able to account for the most important coordination compounds of the d-elements.

- being able to account for the chemistry of Lanthanoids and Actinoids at a general level.


A major inorganic textbook - of own choice. Typically choosen texts encompass:

Housecroft & Sharpe, "Inorganic Chemistry"
Greenwood & Earnshaw, "Chemistry of the Elements"
Cotton & Wilkinson, "Advanced Inorganic Chemistry"
Hollemann & Wiberg, "Lehrbuch der Anorganische Chemie"

Knowledge of inorganic chemistry at an intermediate level corresponding to the bacherlor course "Advanced Inorganic Chemistry"

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures and group discussions. Written essay assignments. Reading of current literature.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 75
  • Preparation
  • 228,5
  • Project work
  • 104
  • Exam
  • 4,5
  • Total
  • 412,0
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
On-site written exam, 4 h/1 week
Oral examination, 40 min (no preparation time)
Type of assessment details
The exam entails BOTH a written and an oral exam, weighted equally. For the written exam, the student can choose either a 4h closed book exam or a 1 week essay.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners

Same as ordinary exam

Criteria for exam assesment

Extent of knowledge of course topics
Clarity in communication of knowledge
Ability to apply knowledge to new data