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The d Block




Electrons from both inner d sub-shell and outer s sub-shell can be involved in compound formation

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What is a transition metal?

What is a transition metal?

Not all d block elements have incomplete d sub-shells

e.g. Zn has e.c. of [Ar]3d104s2, the Zn2+ ion ([Ar] 3d10) is not a typical TM ion

Similarly Sc forms Sc3+ which has the stable e.c of Ar. Sc3+ has no 3d electrons

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What is a transition metal?

What is a transition metal?

For this reason, a transition metal is defined as being an element which forms at least one ion with a partially filled sub-shell of d electrons.

In period 4 only Ti-Cu are TMís!

Note that when d block elements form ions the s electrons are lost first

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What are TMís like?

What are TMís like?

TMís are metals

They are similar to each other but different from s block metals eg Na and Mg

Properties of TMís

Dense metals

Have high Tm and Tb

Tend to be hard and durable

Have high tensile strength

Have good mechanical properties

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What are TMís like?

What are TMís like?

Properties derive from strong metallic bonding

TMís can release e- into the pool of mobile electrons from both outer and inner shells

Strong metallic bonds formed between the mobile pool and the +ve metal ions

Enables widespread use of TMs!

Alloys very important: inhibits slip in crystal lattice usually results in increased hardness and reduced malleability

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Effect of Alloying on TMís

Effect of Alloying on TMís

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TM Chemical Properties

TM Chemical Properties

Typical chemical properties of the TMís are

Formation of compounds in a variety of oxidation states

Catalytic activity of the elements and their compounds

Strong tendency to form complexes

See CI 11.6

Formation of coloured compounds

See CI 11.6

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Variable Oxidation States

Variable Oxidation States

TMís show a great variety of oxidation states cf s block metals

If compare successive ionisation enthalpies (Hi) for Ca and V as follows

M(g)  M+(g) + e- Hi(1)

M+(g)  M2+(g) + e- Hi(2)

M2+(g)  M3+(g) + e- Hi(3)

M3+(g)  M4+(g) + e- Hi(4)

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Hi for Ca and V

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