20463 Laboratory: Inorganic Chemistry 1

Credits: 2 intermediate credits in Chemistry

Prerequisite: Inorganic Chemistry

Required: General Chemistry2 (or General Chemistry I + General Chemistry II, for Biology Students; or General Chemistry I + General Chemistry II)

Development team: Dina Einot-Yogev, Hagit Frenkel-Milred, Nurit Goldman

This laboratory course is based on subjects studied in the course Inorganic Chemistry (20404) and some additional topics. Students develop skills unique to an inorganic chemistry laboratory, conduct experiments independently, analyze the results and become acquainted with various structure identification methods.

The course includes six laboratory sessions conducted at the Open University laboratory.

Topics: Spectroscopic line Colors of complexes determine the spectroscopic line of a series of copper complexes. The complexes are characterized by their UV-VIS spectra. Geometric isomers of complexes Examination of the equilibrium reaction of the octahedral-square planar transition of nickel complexes. Coordinative compound synthesis Characterization of complexation products between copper bromide and tetramethylthiuram sulfide ligand. Encountering the work of the researcher in the lab who uses different analytical methods to determine the identity of products. Colors from the nano-particle world Preparation of nano-particles of metallic gold and magnetite. The dependence of the solution color on particle size is examined. Ferric oxides Synthesis of different iron oxides controlled by synthesis conditions that are as similar as possible to conditions in which they are made in nature. Investigate the differences between various oxides in composition, oxidation degree of iron ion, crystalline structure, color and magnetism. Inorganic polymerization preparing glass at room temperature Synthesis of glass with diverse characteristics using the sol-gel technique that constitutes a breakthrough in the science of innovative ceramic materials.


1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.

2or General Chemistry (20477 or 20487), which is no longer offered.