KJM-MENA9110 – Inorganic Structure Chemistry

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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 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
  • can write a short treatise or present a lecture on a topic related to crystallography and conduct a discussion of the matter with a knowledgeable audience

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of seminars. In addition, you must familiarize yourself with a topic you choose together with the course coordinator. Below you see suggestions for relevant topics:

  1. Translational and rotational symmetry: what are these, and how are they combined in crystal structures.
  2. Matrix calculations, additions, inversions and multiplication. The properties of matrices.
  3. Other topic chosen in agreement with the course coordinator.

Based on what you learn, you will make a written or oral presentation that will be discussed with the course coordinator and fellow students. The form of the presentation will be decided by the course coordinator at the beginning of the semester. The presentation must approved before you can sit the final exam.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the student administration at 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.

This course has a mandatory (written or oral) presentation, which must be completed and approved before the final exam.

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-MENA5110 – Inorganic Structure Chemistry, KJM5110 – Inorganic Structural Chemistry (continued), KJM9110 – Inorganic Structural Chemistry (continued)

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 28, 2020 1:19:19 AM

Facts about this course


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

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)