Concepts in Transition Metal Chemistry

Concepts in Transition Metal Chemistry

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Edited by Eleanor Crabb, Edited by E.A. Moore, Edited by Lesley E. Smart, Contributions by Rob Janes, Contributions by D. A. Johnson, Other Open University

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  • Publisher: Royal Society Of Chemistry
  • Format: Paperback | 140 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 264mm x 14mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1849730601
  • ISBN 13: 9781849730600
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Edition. ed.
  • Sales rank: 528,738

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This undergraduate teaching text and accompanying Periodic Table DVD, provides an introduction to the transition metals. The first two chapters introduce the reader to the chemistry of the first-row transition elements in different oxidation states, in particular +2 and +3 and their relative stability, largely using interactive activities and video on the DVD. This is followed by a study of coordination chemistry and the stability of complexes. Later chapters look at theories of metal-ligand bonding, in particular the way models can be used to rationalise many of the properties of transition metals and their compounds, such as colour, magnetism and stereochemistry. Starting with the simple, yet powerful crystal field approach, the book finishes with a largely pictorial treatment of molecular orbital theory. The text also includes interactive activities on the accompanying Periodic Table DVD, in-text questions with answers, full colour diagrams and revision exercises on an associated website www.rsc.org/metalsandlife

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Eleanor Crabb is a Lecturer in materials chemistry at The Open University and was recently seconded part-time to one of the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) awarded to The Open University. Her research interests are in heterogeneous catalysis. She has written on a number of science courses, producing both text based and multimedia materials, including Separation, Purification and Identification, part of the Molecular World Series (a collection of OU undergraduate texts also published by the RSC). Rob Janes is a Staff Tutor at The Open University in Wales. He has co-authored the Elements of the p-block in the Molecular World Series and has produced a CD-ROM-database of chemical demonstrations to accompany the book. Together with Elaine Moore, he was also a co-author of Metal-ligand bonding, another RSC publication. He is a co-presenter of Magic Molecules, a demonstration lecture aimed at schools and the general public. David Johnson is a Visiting Reader in chemistry at The Open University. He was a founding member of the Department and worked on many of the chemistry courses writing a number of copublished texts including Metals and chemical change and Elements of the p Block, part of the Molecular World Series. Elaine Moore is Reader in theoretical chemistry at The Open University. Her research interests lie in the field of computational chemistry. She is the author of OU teaching texts in chemistry, physics and astronomy, including Molecular Modelling and Bonding, in the Molecular World Series, and Metal-ligand bonding. Lesley Smart is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in chemistry at The Open University. She has written on many science courses and chaired the production of the Molecular World Series. She is also an author of two books in the series' The Third Dimension and Separation, Purification and Identification.

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Transition MetalsConcepts in Transition Metal ChemistryEleanor Crabb, E.A. Moore, Lesley Smart (Eds)RSC Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2009, 226pp (SB) ISBN 9781849730600 Reviewed by Peter SadlerThe material in this book will be very useful for chemistry undergraduates, especially in the first 2 years of their courses. It concentrates on the first transition series, and deals mostly with +2 and +3 oxidation states, although higher and lower oxidation states are briefly mentioned. A wide range of different types of ligands is described. There is an emphasis on the thermodynamic stability of complexes including redox potentials and the concepts of hard and soft acids and bases. It is a pity that kinetics and reaction mechanisms are not dealt with.Both crystal field and molecular orbital pictures of the transition metal complexes are presented and used to discuss their electronic absorption spectra and magnetic properties. All the absorption spectra have wavenumber scales, w

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The chemistry of the transition metals is a vital part of undergraduate courses in inorganic chemistry and is an essential background for bioinorganic chemistry. This teaching text, together with the accompanying Periodic Table DVD-ROM, provides an introduction to the transition metals, examining the behaviour of the metals and their aqueous ions and complexes. The book begins, largely using interactive activities and video on the DVD, by introducing the reader to the chemistry of the first-row transition elements in different oxidation states, in particular +2 and +3, and their relative stability. This is followed by a study of coordination chemistry. Later chapters look at theories of metal-ligand bonding and the way models can be used to rationalise many of the properties of transition metals and their compounds, such as colour, magnetism and stereochemistry. Starting with the simple, yet powerful crystal-field approach, the book finishes with a largely pictorial treatment of molecular orbital theory. (A basic knowledge of atomic and molecular orbitals as applied to the main-Group elements is assumed.) The material in this book is designed to be used either as part of an undergraduate chemistry programme, or for self-directed study. Learning is facilitated through various key features, including: "interactive activities on the accompanying Periodic Table DVD "in-text questions with answers "full-colour diagrams "revision exercises on an associated website (www.rsc.org/metalsandlife) This book was written as part of the teaching material for the Open University course, S347 Metals and Life. An associated book, Metals and Life also published by RSC Publishing, explores the vital role that metals play in the physiology of animals and plants, and increasingly in medicine.

Table of contents

Introduction to the transition metals; Thermodynamic stability; Coordination chemistry; The stability of coordination compounds; Crystal-field theory;Molecular orbital theory of transition-metal complexes; The Periodic Table DVD