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Metal and Metalloids of the Main Groups: Basis and Their Role in the Daily Life (4ª edición)

The role of metal and metalloid elements in our daily life

About this course

This course deals with the study of the basis in the metal and metalloid elements of the so-called Main Groups in the Periodic Table and their important role in Our Daily Life.

During the course, students will address the dissemination of the most relevant physical and chemical properties of these elements, which are commonly treated in a specific inorganic chemistry course, through the assistance of spectacular lab videos. In addition, the obtaining process of the most industrially demanded elements as well as basic chemicals derived from them, in conjunction with the study of their amazing applications in our daily life, will be extensively covered. The management of these skills are really valuable across many related occupations.

This course is great for anyone to start their studies in inorganic chemistry or individuals simply interested in understanding how these elements impact in our daily life. The review of essential key concepts in inorganic and general chemistry.


To complete the course successfully, basic knowledge in general chemistry is recommended, especially in acid-base and redox concepts. However, the course has been designed to be also accessible to less-qualified pubic, incorporating supporting material on the key concepts.

What you will learn:

  • The interpretation of the most relevant physical and chemical properties of these elements.
  • The analysis of general trends within each group of elements.
  • The occurrence and the obtaining process of the most industrially demanded elements.
  • The production of the main basic chemicals derived from them and their uses.
  • Their amazing applications and how impact in our daily life.

Course Staff

Andrés Garcés Osado

Andrés Garcés Osado

Andrés is a Lecture Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at Rey Juan Carlos University since 2005, and he obtained his Ph. D. at the University of Alcala de Henares (Spain) in 2001. Trained as an organometallic chemist, he has focused his research on the field of the synthesis of novel organometallic catalysts with applications in the process of polymerization of different olefins and cyclic esters monomers. The results of this research have been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals within the broad area of inorganic chemistry. During his career he has combined his research activities with teaching inorganic and general chemistry at all levels to students in chemistry and related sciences. He has also published pioneering articles in the field of learning related with the implementation of new interactive teaching styles to enhance the engagement of students with the field of inorganic chemistry.

Luis Fernando Sánchez-Barba Merlo

Luis Fernando Sánchez-Barba Merlo

Luis is a Lecture Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at University Rey Juan Carlos since 2006, and he obtained his PhD from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He divides his time between organometallic and polymerization research and teaching inorganic and general chemistry at university. He has published several international articles in innovative higher education related with the development and assessment of higher-order thinking skills in chemistry courses. His research interests include advanced macromolecular architectures, functional materials and main group metal catalysts. He has been awarded several times, highlighting the “Marie Curie” Fellowship by the European Commission. He is currently focused on the development of polymeric biomaterials via group-2 catalysts.

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    5 hours / week
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    6 weeks
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Itinerario del curso

0. Introduction to the course

Course introduction   

Laboratory experiments

Discussion forums

Useful information

1. Acid & base and redox properties of elements

Basic acid & base concepts   

Basic Redox Concepts   

Design and interpretation of redox and pH diagrams   

Interview with students   

Homework/Exam 1

2. Group I

Properties and trends of alkali metals   

Isolation and applications of alkali metals   

Basic chemicals of alkali metals   

Interview with students   

Homework/Exam 2

3. Group II

Properties and trends of alkaline-earth metals   

Isolation and applications of alkaline-earth metals   

Basic chemicals of alkaline-earth metals   

Interview with students   

Homework 3

4. Elements of group 13

Properties and trends of elements of group 13   



Gallium, indium and thallium   

Interview with students   

Homework/Exam 4

5. Elements of group 14

Properties and trends   


Germanium, tin and lead   

Interview with students   

Homework/Exam 5

6. Metals and metalloids of group 15 & 16

Properties and trends of metals and metalloids of group 15 & 16   

Arsenic, antimony and bismuth   

Tellurium and polonium   

Interview with students   

Homework/Exam 6


Interview with students   




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