KJM-MENA5110 – Inorganic Structure Chemistry

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to crystallography and X-ray diffraction of inorganic structures. Important inorganic structure types are then presented and categorized according to sterical bonding principles. Structural topology and bond-valence concepts are used to understand and predict crystal structures. Visualization of structural relations is based on crystal structure databases and structure-drawing programs.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • understand the space-group information in the International Tables for Crystallography; symmetry operations, symbols, and matrix notations. Analyze structure similarities and perform transformations
  • understand diffraction patterns of simple crystal structures
  • can notate connectivity patterns of atoms and their coordination polyhedra with chemical, mathematical and graphical formulas
  • can use valence rules to predict bonding in crystal structures of elements, binaries, and pseudobinaries such as clusters
  • can identify densest packed structures, atomic or molecular, and analyze them as polytypes. Find patterns in interstice filling in densest packed binary compounds. Understand steric consequences of hydrogen bonding between molecules
  • understand the origins of the concept of ionic radii, its pitfalls, and its use as a prediction tool.
  • can use bond valence as a tool to interpret and predict crystal structures.
  • can analyze the rich compositional and structural variety of perovskites and silicates

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued) and MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued)

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of seminars.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Chemistry has to be informed in advance. If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will lose access to the course for the given semester.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM-MENA9110 – Inorganic Structure Chemistry, KJM5110 – Inorganic Structural Chemistry (continued), KJM9110 – Inorganic Structural Chemistry (continued)

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 20, 2022 9:18:30 PM

Facts about this course


The course may be canceled if less than 5 students apply.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)