Course review : CH405

CH405 : Advanced transition metal chemistry

~ by Ravi Kumar Maurya

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn Semester 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. M.S.Balakrishna

What grade was awarded to you?


Course Difficulty (On a scale of 1 to 5)


Comment on the grading done by the professor in your opinion?

I feel it was rather strict grading

What was the Attendance Policy?

Attendance is compulsory and it contributes to your grade. DX enforced is enforced rather strictly . Please don’t take it lightly. ATTEND ALL LECTURES



This Course evaluation comprises of?

Quizzes, Mid-Sem, End-Sem

Three quizs(best of two taken) 25%,mid sem 25% and end sem 50%

What are the topics covered in the course?

General chemistry of the d-block and f-block elements, structure-reactivity correlation, magnetic properties, electron- transfer aspects, spectroscopic features, reaction kinetics, transition metal ions in biological processes,

How were the Lectures for this course?

In the start lectures were rather mundane but after 3-4 lecture the most important part had come and the way professor had dealed with all the concept it exited me to know more about transition metal chemistry.In research prospective this is one of the topic which are gonna use in every field of chemistry mostly materials and catalysis. And at the end of course prof even told us about his research and it was amazing to see various types of complex molecules.

How were the Exams for this course?

Exams were rather tough for scoring, you have to master with those concept which professor had taught.people are scared about inorganic chemistry as there are bunch of things to remember but believe me except for some reaction there is nothing to remember for you but still remember this is one of the tough course and for good marks you have to be master with concepts.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

No Assignments or Projects given.

Any tips for the junta to perform well in the course?

Read what ever professor had thought and take help of reference book and make sure you have no doubts about the conceptual things. And at last go through some previous year questions which could give you some ideas how questions are going to come.

References used in this course:

1) F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C. A. Murillo and M. Bochmann, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley Eastern, John Wiley, 6th edition, 1999.
2) Catherine E. Housecroft, A. G. Sharpe, Inorganic chemistry, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 2005.
3) D. F. Shriver, P. W. Atkins and C. H. Langford, Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 1999.

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