Inorganic Chemistry

Select from the topics in the left menu including simple solids, Group 1, Group 2, Group 14, transition metals, lanthanides and actinides, solid state materials, and bioinorganic chemistry.

The Structure and Bonding tab contains shapes of molecules (VSEPR), metal-ligand bonding orbitals, molecular symmetry (SALC) and metal reaction mechanisms.

Basic Solid State Structures

Cubic close packed / Face-centred cubic (ccp/fcc)
Hexagonal close packed (hcp)
Simple cubic, Body-centred cubic (bcc) and related Primitive Caesium Chloride (CsCl) structure

Structures derived from close packing by filling holes

Close-packing Type Hole-filling Structure Type
Cubic (ccp) All octahedral Rock salt NaCl
  All tetrahedral Fluorite CaF2 Anti-Fluorite Na2O
  Half octahedral Cadmium Chloride CdCl2 Anatase TiO2
  Half tetrahedral Zinc Blende/Sphalerite ZnS
  All octahedral and tetrahedral Lithium Bismuthide Li3Bi
  1/3 octahedral Yttrium trichloride YCl3
Hexagonal (hcp) All octahedral Nickel Arsenide
  Half octahedral Cadmium Iodide CdI2 Rutile TiO2
  All tetrahedral No structure exists
  Half tetrahedral Wurtzite ZnS
  1/3 octahedral Bismuth triiodide BiI3