Inorganic Chemistry

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

General Chemistry I and II.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods have as their objective the global learning of the subject. Each student will carry out an individual study project based on a literature search of a theme of current interest, using the internet and other appropriate sources of information. TP classes are linked to T classes and will involve the students in discussion and resolution of problems related to T classes, with active student participation, and will accompany T classes through resolution of problems, distributed at the start of the semester, which the student will study before each class.

Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of Inorganic Chemistry and the methodology used in the interpretation of structure and reactivity of the compounds.  This involves the following Dublin descriptors:

1. Knowledge and the capacity for understanding.

1.1. understanding and use of the concepts of Chemistry;

1.2. understanding tha nature of the discipline and its link with other areas;

1.3. capacity to synthesise information

2. Aplication of the knowledge and understanding

2.1. apply the knowledge to resolving problems in new situations

3. Judgement and decision making.

3.1. know how to interpret data, prepare and discuss orally and in writing  ideas  

4. Commmunication.

4.1. understand and know how to use sources of information.  Capacity to use and search the literature.

5. Competence in self-learning.

5.1. capacity for life-long learning.

Work Placement(s)



IUPAC Nomenclature. Use of oxidation numbers. Three dimensional structures. VSEPR model. Geometry of coordination compounds. Physical properties: oxidation states and chemical reactivity. Coordination numbers and the concepts of ligand and chelate.  Frost and Latimer diagrams. Hard/soft acids and bases. Electrical and magnetic properties. Colour and the spectrochemical series. Crystal field and molecular orbital theories. Methods of structural determination in inorganic chemistry. Classification of the elements based on s, p d, f orbitals. Basic propertis of the most important elements and their compounds, particularly hydrogen compounds, oxo componds, halides and nitrides. Nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry. Organometallics. Behaviour of metal ions in solution: solvolysis and bcatenation.  The solid state, defects and non-stoichiometric compunds. Silicates and polyphosphates. Cage compounds.

Head Lecturer(s)

João Sérgio Seixas de Melo

Assessment Methods

Mini Tests: 10.0%
Project: 25.0%
Exam: 65.0%


SHRIVER and  ATKINS,(2010). Inorganic Chemistry. 3ª ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tradução Portuguesa: M.A. Gomes, (Bookman, Porto Alegre, 2003)


HOUSECROFT, C.E.; SHARPE, A.G. (2001). Inorganic Chemistry. Harlow:  Prentice Hall.


BURROWS, H.D.; PEREIRA, M.M. (2006). Síntese e Estrutura. Escolar Editora.