A detailed study of the following rearrangements: Pinacol-pinacolone, Demjanov, BenzilBensilic acid, Favorskii, Hofman, Curtius, Schmidt, Baeyer-Villiger and Fries rearrangement
General principles and properties of catalysts, homogenous catalysis (catalytic steps and examples) and heterogenous catalysis (catalytic steps and examples) and their industrial applications, Deactivation or regeneration of catalysts. Phase transfer catalysts, application of zeolites as catalysts. Enzyme catalysis; Michaelis-Menten equation, turn-over number.
Chemistry of Main Group Elements
s-Block Elements: Comparative study, diagonal relationship, salient features of hydrides, solvation and complexation tendencies including their function in biosystems, an introduction to alkyls and aryls.
p-Block Elements: Comparative study (including diagonal relationship) of groups 13-17 elements, compounds like hydrides, oxides, oxyacids and halides of group 13-16, hydrides of boron-diborane and higher boranes, borazine, borohydrides, fullerenes, carbides, fluorocarbons, silicates (structural principle), tetrasulphur tetra nitride, basic properties of halogens, interhalogens and polyhalides.
Chemistry of Noble Gasses: Chemical properties of the noble gases, chemistry of xenon, structure and bonding in xenon compounds.
Chemistry of Transition Elements
Chemistry of Elements of First Transition Series- Characteristic properties of d-block elements. Binary compounds (hydrides, carbides and oxides) of the elements of the first transition series and complexes with respect to relative stability of their oxidation states, coordination number and geometry.
Chemistry of Elements of Second and Third Transition Series- General characteristics, comparative treatment of Zr/Hf, Nb/Ta, Mo/W in respect of ionic radii, oxidation states, magnetic behavior, spectral properties and stereochemistry.
Chemistry of Lanthanides
Electronic structure, oxidation states and ionic radii and lanthanide contraction, complex formation, occurrence and isolation, ceric ammonium sulphate and its analytical uses.
Chemistry of Actinides
Electronic configuration, oxidation states and magnetic properties, chemistry of separation of Np, Pu and Am from U.
Metal Carbonyls: 18-electron rule, preparation, structure and nature of bonding in the mononuclear and di-nuclear carbonyls.
Essential and trace elements in biological processes, metalloporphyrins with special reference to heamoglobin and myoglobin. Biological role of alkali and alkaline earth metal ions with special reference to Ca2+. Nitrogen fixation.