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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Inorganic Chemistry - Selected Topics




prof. dr. Boris Žemva
dr. Melita Tramšek
prof. dr. Maja Ponikvar-Svet
dr. Zoran Mazej


Ensuring that the postgraduate students acquire an in-depth understanding of inorganic chemistry in the respective areas of their research. This knowledge should allow them to plan for a more systematic approach to resolving cncrete issues.


The postgraduate students will be acquainted with the selected chapters of inorganic chemistry which they are going to need for in-depth research work on an actual project. Within the scope of this course, we will principally address the following topics:
Theoretical concepts required for an understanding of chemistry in the selected field
Selection of topics from chemistry of main-group elements
Selection of topics from chemistry of transitional elements
Selected topics from coordination chemistry
Selected topics from organometal coordination compounds and their role in the processes of catalysis
Experiment planning: selection of suitable reaction conditions, approachs featuring synthesis and characterization methods, evaluation of alternative synthetic routes.

Course literature:

F.A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C.A. Murillo, M. Bochmann. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. New York: John Wiley and Sons (1999), 1355 p., ISBN 0-471-19957-5
J.E. Huheey, E.A. Keiter, R.L. Keiter. Inorganic Chemistry Principles of Structure and Reactivity. London etc.: Addison-Wesley (1997), 964 p., ISBN 006042995X
A. Earnshaw, N.N. Greenwood. Chemistry of the Elements. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann (1997), 1340 p., ISBN 07506-3365-4
J.D. Lee. Concise Inorganic Chemistry. London: Stanley Thornes (1996), 1032 p., ISBN 0-412-78820-9
T. Nakajima. B. Žemva, A. Tressaud (eds.). Advanced Inorganic Fluorides. Amsterdam: Elsevier (2000), 701 p., ISBN 0-444-72002-2
Selection of literature in a specific area from international scientific publications.

Significant publications and references:

M. Tramšek, P. Benkič, B. Žemva.[Mg(XeF2)n](AsF6)2 (n=4, 2): first compounds of magnesium with XeF2. Inorg. chem., 43, 699-703 (2004)
N.I. Denisenko, S.I. Troyanov, A.A. Popov, I.V. Kuvychko, B. Žemva, E. Kemnitz, S.H. Strauss, O.V. Boltalina. ThC60F24. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 126, 1618-1619 (2004)
K. Matsumoto, R. Hagiwara, R. Yoshida, Y. Ito, Z. Mazej, P. Benkič, B. Žemva, O. Tamada, H. Yoshino, S. Matsubara. Syntheses, structures and properties of 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium salts of fluorocomplex anions. J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans, 144-149 (2004)
W. Grochala, R.G. Egdell, P.P. Edwards, Z. Mazej, B. Žemva. On the covalency of silver-fluorine bonds in compounds of silver(I), silver(II) and silver(III). Chem. Phys. Chem., 4, 997-1001 (2003)
Z. Mazej, P. Benkič. Silver(I) undecafluorodiantimonate(V). Inorg. Chem., 42, 8337-8343 (2003)
P. Benkič, Z. Mazej, B. Žemva. A new crystal modification of chromium tetrafluoride: β-CrF4, Angew. Chem,. Int.Ed., 41,1398-1399 (2002)
M. Tramšek, P. Benkič, B. Žemva. [M(XeF2)3](AsF6)2 (M=Pb, Sr): the first coordination compounds of M2+ with XeF2 ligand. Solid State Sci., 4, 9-14 (2002)


Oral examination at which candidates shall demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the basic contents of the course and present their incorporation into their research project before an Examination Board consisting of the Course Leader and the postgraduate student’s supervisor. All the course and project assistants shall be invited to this presentation.

Students obligations:

Presentation and successful oral defence before the Examination Board.