To learn fundamental knowledge of coordination compounds, with an emphasis on transition metal complexes.


1. Coordination complexes: definitions, nomenclature, structure and isomers
2. The preparation and stability of complexes: ligand substitution, thermodynamic stability, hard-soft acid-base theory, structural aspects of stability
3. Bonding in coordination compounds: atomic orbitals (reminder), crystal filed theory, ligand field theory, molecular orbitals
4. Properties of coordination compounds: optical properties and magnetic properties