Basics in Inorganic Chemistry

By Prof. D. Maiti   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 4228
ABOUT THE COURSE : This course will mainly deal with basics of inorganic chemistry. This includes periodic properties of the elements, source and extraction ofmetals. The study of transition metals comprises major portion of inorganic chemistry. Therefore, we will discuss some common properties like crystal filed stabilization energy, magnetic properties, spectroscopic properties and uses of these properties in various fields including in biological systems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Undergraduate students belonging to Science and Engineering
PREREQUISITES : Basic Chemistry courses, basic mathematics from school 10+2 standard
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Not approached yet, in the process.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Feb 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 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: Basics in Inorganic Chemistry
Week 2: Purification of elements; Coordination chemistry; 18 electron rule; Valence bond theory; Crystal field theory
Week 3: Term symbols; Spectroscopy of complexes; Jahn-Teller distortion; Spinels; Magnetism
Week 4: Bio-inorganic chemistry, Enzymes; Hemoglobin and Myoglobin; Toxicity; Medicinal inorganic compounds

Books and references

1. J. D. Lee, Concise Inorganic Chemistry, 4th Edition, ELBS, 1991.
2. M. J. Sienko and R. A. Plane, Chemical Principles and Applications,McGraw Hill, 1980.
3. Huheey. J. E. Keiter. A. E and Keiter. R. L. Inorganic Chemistry, 1993.
5. James. E. House Inorganic Chemistry, 2008.
4. Shriver and Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry, Fifth Edition, 2010.

Instructor bio

Prof. D. Maiti

IIT Bombay
I am Dr. Debabrata Maiti, Associate Professor at IIT Bombay. I have completed PhD from Johns Hopkins University with Prof. Kenneth D. Karlin in bioinorganic chemistry. Then I moved to MIT where I did my Post-doctoral research with Prof. Steven Buchwald. I have started independent carrier at IIT Bombay in 2011 and since then involved actively in teaching bio-inorganic chemistry and organometallic chemistry. Our group is also active in research areas of bio-inorganic chemistry and C-H activation.

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: 
26 March 2023 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 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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