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Lecturers :

Sophie Norvez
Corinne Soulié

François Volatron

Teaching staff :
Renaud Nicolaÿ

Research center

Level : 2nd year

Course Language : French

Term : core curriculum

Number of hours : 82

ECTS Credits : 5,5
CMI Chemistry and inorganic materials
Teaching site :
Lectures: 28 h - Tutorials: 4 h - Preceptorship: 8 h - Laboratory sessions: 42 h


The basic concepts of inorganic chemistry are exposed by the study of applications that use materials with specific optic, magnetic, electronic or catalytic properties. The molecular and collective aspects are treated in parallel. The progress made in synthetic chemistry and in the understanding of properties enable the development of new materials and new applications.


  1. Optical properties

    • Crystalline field and gems
    • Luminescence and lasers

  2. Electronic properties

    • Charge transfer and light-emitting diode
    • Crystalline defects and silver halide photography
    • Semiconductors and p-n junctions

  3. Magnetic properties

    • Molecular magnetism and Prussian blue
    • Lanthanides

  4. Synthesis and reactivity

    • Soft chemistry and inorganic polymerization
    • Substitution chemistry vs electronic transfer chemistry
    • Isomerisms and characterisations
    • Organometallic chemistry and catalysis

  5. Chemical bonding (F. Volatron)

    • Inorganic complexes
    • Symmetry and nature of ligands


  • Ligand Field Theory
  • Solgel Chemistry
  • Reactivity
  • Organometallic Chemistry


  • Tanabe-Sugano Diagrams
  • Lanthanides and luminescence
  • Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Identification of Inorganic Compounds

Laboratory sessions

Four subjects directly related to the course are proposed. They allow an in-depth study of the basic notions while demonstrating the usefulness of chemistry and inorganic materials in modern and sometimes daily applications.

  • Ligand Field Theory: Cobalt rainbow; complex alcohol tester ; mordanting
  • V2O5 gel: solgel chemistry; electrochromic cell; semiconducting transparent electrodes
  • Photography: cyanotype, Prussian blue, electrochromic window, argentic photography
  • Light Emitting Diode with [Ru(bpy)3]2+ and Europium phosphor

Requirements : Synthesis, cristallography, electrochemistry, spectrocopies (IV-visible, NMR, IR).

Evaluation mechanism : part A (1hr): post-lab examination, no document (8/20); part B (2 hrs): problem with document (12/20); chemical bonding (0.5 hr): problem without document (0-3 pts bonus).

Last Modification : Friday 22 February 2019

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