Advanced Transition Metal Chemistry

By Prof. M. S. Balakrishna   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 2054
This course on "Chemistry of Transition Metals" focuses mainly on coordination chemistry, classification of ligands with special emphasis on structure and bonding concepts. 18 Electron rule and its importance in coordination and organometallic compounds. Reactions such as oxidative addition and reductive elimination, important in catalysis, are discussed in detail. Metal-ligand and metal-metal multiple bonding, trans effect in square planar complexes are also included in the discussion.

PRE-REQUISITES: 12th Grade Chemistry Knowledge.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: All UG, PG, PhD students, college lecturers and all chemistry researchers.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: This course is very useful for those working in pharmaceutical industries. This course will become one of most popular courses in Chemistry.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: General introduction to Periodic Table and introduction to Transition Elements
Week 2: Coordination chemistry
Week 3: Bonding concepts
Week 4: Bonding concepts continued
Week 5: 18 electron rule
Week 6: Metal-Metal multiple bonding
Week 7: Classification of ligands
Week 8: Classification of Ligands
Week 9: Preparatory methods/Trans Effect/Methods of characterization of metal complexes
Week 10: Oxidative addition and reductive elimination reactions
Week 11: Important applications of transition elements and their complexes
Week 12: Revision and conclusions

Books and references

  1. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 6th edition, 1999, F. A. Cotton, G. Wilkinson, C. A. Murillo, M. Bochmann, John Wiley and Sons, New York. 
  2. Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd Edition, 1999, D. F. Shriver, P. W. Atkins, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 
  3. Inorg. Chemistry 2nd, 3rd or 4th Edition, C. E. Housecroft and A. G. sharpe, Pearson, Prentice Hall.

Instructor bio

Prof. M. S. Balakrishna

IIT Bombay
Prof. M.S. Balkrishna Joined the department of chemistry in 1996. Taught Transition metal chemistry, coordination chemistry, interpretative molecular spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry of main group elements to UG, PG and Ph.D. scholars. Research interests: Main group and transition metal chemistry, organophosphorus chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and biological applications of copper(I) complexes. Published 210 research papers, five book chapters, edited a book on copper(I) complexes of phosphines (Elsevier) and has delivered more than 500 invited lectures. Balakrishna has supervised 23 PhD students, several M.Sc. students and postdoctoral fellows.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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