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Richard Douthwaite Group


Feel free to use the learning resource below and the notes as you wish. Due to development of our undergraduate course the content of individual courses has changed over the years. Some of the lecture notes below have overlapping content. Some courses are now no longer delivered and the content may need updating. Please use as you wish and 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. The first pdf contains 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. The second pdf does not contain metal-metal bonding but includes inorganic reaction mechanisms, including inner sphere and outer sphere electron transfer.

3rd year undergraduate course. Part I Electron transfer, inner and outer sphere; Marcus theory: Part II Catalysis, isomerisation, hydrogenation, carbonylation and borylation. These lectures ceased in 2008 and the content dispersed into other courses.

3rd year undergraduate course. Synthesis of materials, structural descriptions including dimensionality and defects, magnetic properties, dielectric properties, superconductivity, nanoparticles and some characterisation methods. The lectures in the first pdf were delived until 2011 and then changed to include some content about nanomaterials (second pdf).

Part of 2nd year option module Polymeric Materials that no longer exists.  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). I stopped delivering this course in 2008.

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