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KD1130 Inorganic Chemistry 6.0 credits

The goal of the course is to teach students about the broad field of inorganic chemistry.  The course covers experimental and theoretical methods for studying systematic inorganic chemistry, inorganic synthesis, characterization of inorganic molecules and materials, materials chemistry, inorganic catalysts, and real world applications of inorganic chemistry.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1130 (Spring 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course has a theory section (4 credits) and experimental section (2 credits).

The theory section focuses on:

  • systematic inorganic chemistry from the entire periodic table;
  • inorganic synthesis of materials, coordination complexes, and clusters;
  • the use of ligand field theory on transition metals;
  • common characterization techniques in inorganic molecules and materials;
  • solid-state synthesis;
  • the photochemistry of inorganic molecules and semiconductors;
  • and reaction mechanisms for heterogeneous and homogenous inorganic catalysts.

The experimental section includes two labs, the Wilkinson's catalyst (Lab 1) and Dye-sensitized solar cell (Lab 2)

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course a student should be able to:

  • correctly write synthetic pathways to prepare common inorganic materials, molecules, and clusters;
  • correctly write reaction mechanisms for homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts;
  • derive periodic trends in inorganic reaction chemistry;
  • use ligand field theory to predict reactivity of transition metal coordination complexes;
  • and describe characterization methods for inorganic materials, molecules, and clusters.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The requirements in mathematics, physics and chemistry correspond to Mathematics E, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Recommended prerequisites

Specific requirements of mathematics, physics and chemistry corresponding to Mathematics E, Physics B and Chemistry A.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN: 4 credits)
Laboratory work (LAB: 2 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Supplementary information

Will replace 3B1781