Hikmat S. Hilal
Nature of Work
Academic
Profession
Emeritus prof
Email Address
[email protected]
Office Phone
(+970) 9 2345113 Ext. 882385

Hikmat S. Hilal

Nature of Work
Academic
Profession
Emeritus prof
Email Address
[email protected]
Office Phone
(+970) 9 2345113 Ext. 882385
Chemical Applications of Group Theory - 423522
Course Title
Chemical Applications of Group Theory
Course Number
423522
Instructor Name
Hikmat S. Hilal
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
Second Semester 2021
Second Semester 2020
First Semester 2019
Compulsory / Elective
Compulsory
Course Description

The course starts with terminology and definitions of molecular symmetry operations, matrix representation, point groups, reducible and irreducible representations, character tables and reduction equation. Applications of group theory to different aspects of chemistry, specially bonding, structure and spectroscopy, are rigorously included. 

Course Objectives

The course helps the student understand basics of group theory and its applications to different aspects of chemistry. Bonding theory, metal clusters, vibrational spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy and organic reactions are rigorously involved.

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

Upon completing this course, the students are expected to able to:

  1. Implement details of molecular symmetry including symmetry elements, operations and symmetry point groups to different chemical compound structures
  2. Use necessary mathematical basic information in group theoretical applications, including matrices, reduction formula, reducible and irreducible representations
  3. Apply group theory in valence bond theory treatment of structure and bonding
  4. Apply group theory in molecular orbital theory treatment of bonding and structure
  5. Apply group theory in studying vibrational spectra of different inorganic compounds.
  6. Use Group Theory in metal-metal cluster compounds (metal carbonyls and quadrupole bonds)

Apply group theory to predict concerted organic reactions.

Textbook and References
  1. Hikmat S. Hilal & Abdel-Hafez Sayda, A Short Course on Group Theory and Chemical Applications, Novascience Publ., 2011.
  2. A. Vincent, Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory, 2nd ed, (2000), J. Wiley.
  3. F.A. Cotton, Chemical Applications of Group Theory, 3rd ed, (1990), J. Wiley; ANU   Library Code   541.22015122 COT
  4. J. Barrett, Introduction to Atomic Molecular Structure, J. Wiley
  5. I. Fleming, Frontier Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions, J. Wiley
  6. G.B. Gill & M. R. Willis, Pericyclic Reactions, Chapman
  7. B. Douglas, D. H. McDaniel, J. J. Alexander, Models and Concepts of Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed., (1994), J. Wiley & Sons,
  8. R. L. Carter, Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory, (1997), J. Wiley & Sons, ISBN-10: 0471149551.
  9. FA Cotton and G Wilkinson, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, J. Wiley.
  10. F.A. Cotton, Chemical Applications of Group Theory, 3rd ed, (1990), J. Wiley; ANU   Library Code   541.22015122 COT

Library search and primary sources.

Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
1st 20%
2nd 20%
Home works 10%
Final 50%