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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


Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Boris Žemva


The objectives of the course are to enable postgraduate students in obtaining in-depth knowledge of inorganic chemistry in the fields where their research work will be performed. This knowledge will enable them to obtain better results at solving their concrete chemical problems.


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
- Selection of topics from coordination chemistry
- Selection of topics from organometalic coordination compounds and their role in the processes of catalysis
Planning of experiments: selection of suitable reaction conditions, selection of different synthetic routes and methods of characterization and 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 the literature for the specific field from the international periodical publications.

Significant publications and references:

1. TRAMŠEK, Melita, BENKIČ, Primož, ŽEMVA, Boris. The first compound containing a metal center in a homoleptic environment of XeF2, Angew. Chem. (Int. Ed.), 2004, 43, p. 3456-3458.
2. MAZEJ, Zoran, BENKIČ, Primož, TRESSAUD, Alain, ŽEMVA, Boris. Palladium chemistry in anhydrous HF/AsF5 superacid medium, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2004, p. 1827-1834.
3. TRAMŠEK, Melita, BENKIČ, Primož, ŽEMVA, Boris, [Mg(XeF2)n](AsF6)2 (n=4, 2) : first compounds of magnesium with XeF2, Inorg. Chem., 2004, 43, p. 699-703.
4. TAVČAR, Gašper, BENKIČ, Primož, ŽEMVA, Boris. New coordination compounds of
Cd(AsF6)2 with HF and XeF2, Inorg. Chem., 2004, vol. 43, p. 1452-1457.
5. DENISENKO, Nadezhda I., ŽEMVA, Boris et al, Th-C60F24, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, vol.
126, p. 1618-1619.
6. TAVČAR, Gašper, ŽEMVA, Boris. XeF2 as a ligand in a coordination compound with the
BF4- anion, Inorg. Chem., 2005, vol. 44, p. 1525-1529.
7. TRAMŠEK, Melita, TAVČAR, Gašper, BUNIČ, Tina, BENKIČ, Primož, ŽEMVA, Boris.
Alkaline earth metal poly(hydrogen fluorides) hexafluoroarsenates(V) and
hexafluorophosphate(V) : M2(H2F3)(HF2)2(AF6) (M=Ca, A=As; M=Sr, A=As,P). J. Fluorine Chem., 2005, vol. 126, p. 1088-1094.
8. BUNIČ, Tina, TAVČAR, Gašper, TRAMŠEK, Melita, ŽEMVA, Boris. Coordination of XeF2
to calcium and cadmium xafluorophosphates(V), Inorg. Chem., 2006, vol. 45, p. 1038-1042.
9. ŽEMVA, Boris, BARTLETT, Neil. The room temperature preparation of metastable fluorides and potent oxidizers, J.Fluorine Chem., 2006, vol. 127, p. 1463-1466.
10. TRAMŠEK, Melita, ŽEMVA, Boris. Synthesis of novel salts with HF, AsF3 and XeF2 as ligand to metal cations, J.Fluorine Chem. 2006, vol. 127, p. 1275-1284.
11. ŽEMVA, Boris, BARTLETT, Neil. Metastable fluorides and potent oxidizers : their preparation in liquid anhydrous HF, at room and lower temperatures. Actual. Chim. (Paris, 1973), octobre-novembre 2006, no. 301-302, p. 37-39.
12. BUNIČ, Tina, TRAMŠEK, Melita, GORESHNIK, Evgeny A., TAVČAR, Gašper, ŽEMVA, Boris. Metal(II) hexafluorophosphates((V) (M = Sr, Pb) containing XeF2 coordinated metal ions [M(XeF2)3](PF6)2, [Pb3(XeF2)11](PbF6)6 and [Sr3(XeF2)10](PF6)6, Inorg. chem., 2007, vol. 46, p. 5276-5282.
13. BUNIČ, Tina, TRAMŠEK, Melita, GORESHNIK, Evgeny A., ŽEMVA, Boris. Metal (Ca, Ba, Sr, Pb) heptafluorotantalates(V) : synthesis, Raman spectra and crystal structures, Solid State Sciences, 2007, vol. 9, p. 88-94.
14. NAGA, Kazuhisa, NAKAJIMA, Tsuyoshi, OHZAWA, Yoshimi, MAZEJ, Zoran, ŽEMVA,
Boris, GROULT, Henri. Surface-structure change and charge/discharge behavior of petroleum cokes surface-modified by thermaly activated ClF3 and NF3, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2007, vol. 154, no. 4, p. A347-A352.


Seminar and oral examination.

Students obligations:

Seminar and oral examination.