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Integrated Approach to Coordination Chemistry: An Inorganic Laboratory Guide



Integrated Approach to Coordination Chemistry: An Inorganic Laboratory Guide

Rosemary A. Marusak, Kate Doan, Scott D. Cummings

ISBN: 978-0-470-11843-6 March 2007 304 Pages


Coordination chemistry is the study of compounds formed between metal ions and other neutral or negatively charged molecules.

This book offers a series of investigative inorganic laboratories approached through systematic coordination chemistry. It not only highlights the key fundamental components of the coordination chemistry field, it also exemplifies the historical development of concepts in the field.

In order to graduate as a chemistry major that fills the requirements of the American Chemical Society, a student needs to take a laboratory course in inorganic chemistry. Most professors who teach and inorganic chemistry laboratory prefer to emphasize coordination chemistry rather than attempting to cover all aspects of inorganic chemistry; because it keeps the students focused on a cohesive part of inorganic chemistry, which has applications in medicine, the environment, molecular biology, organic synthesis, and inorganic materials.


1. Experimental Inorganic Chemistry: A History of Dazzling Color!

2. Levels 1–2. Werner’s Notion—Creating the Field: Synthesis and Analysis of Cobalt Ammine Coordination Compounds.

3. Levels 3 and 4. Molecular Geometry and Stability: Solid and Solution Phase Analysis of N,N'-disalicylaldehyde-1,3-propanediimine nickel(II).

4. Levels 3–4. Reactivity I: Substitution Reactions—The Reaction of Aquapentacyanoferrate(II) Ion [Fe(CN)5(H2O)]3- with Amino Acids.

5. Levels 4 and 5. Electron Transfer Reactions—Structure, Properties and Reactivity of Tris(bidentate chelate) cobalt(II/III) Complexes.

6. Levels 4 and 5. Metals in Medicine: Synthesis and Biological Reactivity of the Platinum Anticancer Drug, cis-Platin and its Isomer, trans-Platin.

7. Levels 4 and 5. Metals in the Environment—Cd2+ Sequestration by Phytochelatins and Bioremediation.

8. Level 5. Metals in Molecular Biology—Synthesis, Photophysical and Chiral Properties of Tris(1,10-Phenanthroline)Chromium(III): Metal Complex DNA Interactions and Reactivity.

9. Level 5. Oxidation of a Natural Product by a Vanadium Catalyst: Synthesis and Catalytic Activity of Vanadyl-bis (2,4-pentanedione), VO(acac)2.

Appendix 1. Introduction to Pulsed NMR Spectroscopy of Metal Complexes.

Appendix 2. Introduction to Cyclic Voltammetry.

Appendix 3. States and Term Symbols for Polyelectronic Systems.

Appendix 4. Setting up an Maintaining CHO Cell Culture.

Appendix 5. Setting Up and Maintaining Yeast Culture.

Appendix 6. A Brief Guide to Writing in Chemistry.


"Useful to provide pertinent answers to students whose instructors choose to skip an experiment that may be needed for the next topic. (Structural Chemistry, May 2, 2008)

"Even coordination chemists who already know everything … can benefit from this book as a source of inspiration...Not many textbooks can claim to have achieved that and to deserve the label "surprising"." (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, January 2008)

  • Uses an integrated approach to experimentation in the inorganic field
  • Presents a concise review of coordination chemistry, offering supplemental reading to a text
  • Contains experiments appropriate for college students of all levels up through graduate, providing continuity of learning throughout an educational career
  • Tells the historical story of coordination chemistry, from its origins in Russia through today, via experiment sets
  • Provides a source for fundamentals of techniques, including some biological techniques that bioinorganic chemists in particular might wish to consult
  • Instructor's Manual available for use in course planning and development