Coordination and supramolecular chemistry

Coordination and Supramolecular Chemistry - 6 ECTS

35h Lectures/16h Practical teaching

Lecturers - Prerequisites - Teaching contents - Bibliography


Guy Royal (UJF)

Fabrice Thomas (UJF)

Cyrille Train (UJF)

Pratical work teachers:

Saioa Cobo (UJF)

Cyrille Train (UJF)


Basics knowledge of general chemistry (electronic structure of the elements, thermochemistry...), in group theory and in coordination chemistry (general definitions, crystal field theory)

Detailed description

The lecturers will introduce you into the world of coodination chemistry both on a synthetic and a physico-chemical points of view. 

general concepts in coordination chemistry

  • Metal ions and ligands
  • Nomenclature of complexes
  • Geometry of complexes with different coordinence
  • Isomerism in coordination compounds

 thermodynamic and kinetic approaches of complexes in solution

  • Formation constants: definition and experimental determination
  • Chelate effect, a central concept in coordination and supramolecular chemistry
  • Applications to supramolecular recognition of cations
  • Inertia and lability, essential kinetic notions for understanding complexes reactivity
  • Synthesis of complex dedicated ligands: crown-ethers, Schiff bases, polypyridine, ...

electronic structure of metal complexes

  • Counting electrons in complexes: the Green's method
  • 16/18 electrons rule
  • Reactions implying metal complexes
  • Application to homogeneous catalysis
  • From crystal field to ligand field
  • Construction of Molecular Orbitals diagrams of octahedral metal complexes
  • Insight into spectroscopic series

optical properties of metal complexes

  • Spectroscopic terms of metal complexes including lanthanide complexes
  • Electronic spectroscopy of metal complexes
  • Emission of light by metal complexes

magnetic properties of monometallic complexes

  • Origins of the magnetic properties of metal complexes
  • Magnetic susceptibility
  • From Van Vleck equation to Curie law
  • Departures from Curie law
  • Spin Cross-Over phenomenon: from definition to applications

Article Analysis

Every student will study and present an article dealing with an application strongly related to the contents of the lecture.

practical teachings:

Four topics of the lectures will be illustrated during four hours experimental work sessions:

  • Synthesis and study of the luminescent properties of lanthanide complexes
  • Biomimetic model of molybdic oxo-tranferase enzyme

  • Synthesis and properties of a iron(II) spin Cross-Over compound [1]

  • Syntheis and study of a mixed-valence compound

To anticipate the Lab work, the practical work is written by each student in a dedicated Labwork notebook [2].

[1] A. Vallée et al., J. Chem. Educ. 2013, 90, doi: 10.1021/ed4000487

[2] A. Eisenberg J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 1045.

Associated bibliography: