PA - C6B - CHI565 : Chemistry & Light: from Electronic Structure to Sustainable Energy

Domaine > Chimie.


This course will focus on the study of inorganic complexes and compounds to understand the basic relationship between electronic structure and molecular spectroscopy. We will put those fundamental concepts in the view of modern energy challenges, such as the use of light to trigger reactions or for energy storage.

Content and Topics

  • Electronic spectra
  • Luminescence
  • Photochemistry
  • Light harvesting
  • Lanthanides spectroscopy


  • Miessler, G. L. et al. Inorganic Chemistry; 5th ed.; Prentice Hall, 2014.
  • Shriver, D. F et al. Inorganic Chemistry; 6th ed.; Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Atkins, P. et al. Physical Chemistry; 11th ed.; Oxford University Press, 2018
  • Cotton, S. Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry; John Wiley & Sons, 2006
  • Wardle, B. Principles and Applications of Photochemistry; John Wiley & Sons, 2009

Language course: English

Credits ECTS: 4


Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Littérale/grade réduit

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'ingénieur de l'Ecole polytechnique

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Advanced materials engineering

Pour les étudiants du diplôme M1 Advanced materials engineering

Programme détaillé

  1. Generalities of Inorganic Chemistry
    • Acid-Base and Donor-Acceptor Chemistry
    • Structures and Isomers
    • Chemistry of the Main Group Elements
  2. Bonding
    • Experimental Evidence for Electronic Structures
    • Bonding Theories
    • Crystal Field Theory
    • Ligand Field Theory
    • Angular Overlap Model
    • The Jahn‒Teller Effect
  3. Electronic Spectra
    • Absorption of Light
    • Electronic Spectra of Atoms
    • Electronic Spectra of Complexes
    • Charge-Transfer Bands
    • Selection Rules and Intensities
  4. Photochemistry
    • Physical Deactivation of Excited States
    • Radiative Transitions
    • Energy Transfer
    • Electron Transfer
    • Photoinduced Electron Transfer
    • Photochemical Reactions
    • Semiconductor Photochemistry
  5. Lanthanides
    • Lanthanide Chemistry
    • Lanthanide Luminescence
  6. Reactions and Mechanisms
    • Survey of Reaction Types
    • Ligand Substitutions Reactions
    • Ligand Substitution in Square-Planar Complexes
    • Ligand Substitution in Octahedral Complexes


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