Richard Douthwaite Group


Feel free to use the learning resource below and the notes as you wish. Please contact me if you find any mistakes or have suggestions for improvements. 


A resource to familiarise students with common structure types. Amongst other useful functions, real time orientation, lattice planes defined by Miller indices are highlighted, and powder patterns can be simulated.

Undergraduate Courses

2nd year undergraduate course. Electron counting, sigma-, pi donor and pi-acceptor ligands; MO's of octahedral complexes; Metal-ligand multiple bonds; bimetallic metal-metal bonding; links to the spectrochemical series, trans-effect and catalysis.

3rd year undergraduate course. Part I Electron transfer, inner and outer sphere; Marcus theory: Part II Catalysis, isomerisation, hydrogenation, carbonylation and borylation.

3rd year undergraduate course. Synthesis of materials, structural descriptions including dimensionality and defects, magnetic properties, dielectric properties, superconductivity.

Part of 2nd year option module Polymeric Materials.  Some roles of inorganic elements in 'polymer' chemistry. Homogeneous alkene Ziegler-Natta polymerisation, ring-opening metathesis polymerisation, polysiloxanes, polysilanes, polyphosphazenes, organometallic magnets and metal-organic network/framework (coordination polymers).

Part of 2nd year option module Dynamic Earth. The big bang, stars, nucleosynthesis, earth formation/evolution, silicates, gems.