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CH40162: Advanced organometallic chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CH20147 OR take CH20148
In taking this module you cannot take CH30162
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide insight into the reactive chemistry of selected organometallic species and to outline the underlying principles of structure and bonding.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the unit, students should be able to:
* Describe the basic metal ligand bonding interactions in metal π-complexes (C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8 systems).
* Use the DGM rules to predict and rationalise the reactivity of 18-electron complexes bearing hydrocarbon ligands
* Rationalise the reaction of electrophiles with π-complexes
* Critically assess methods of synthesis and reactivities of organometallic systems
* Critically assess and rationalise the synthesis and reactivity of low nuclearity transition metal clusters
* Rationalise the isolobal principle, and apply it
* Critically assess recent literature examples of organometallic and transition metal clusters chemistry and suggest synthetic routes to designed materials with specific functionalities and/or properties
* Describe the role of organometallics in catalysis.

Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (f, A), Independent working (F), Group working (F).

The unit will provide insight to selected aspects of advanced organometallic chemistry. An overview of the bonding and reactivity of metal carbon σ,π acceptor ligands will be given. The unit will build on the concepts of the 18 electron rule and metal-metal bonding and introduce aspects of transition metal cluster chemistry (esp. synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity). Introduction to the isolobal principle will introduce be used to develop concepts and ideas in metal-metal bonded and metal-carbon (element) multiple bonded systems (e.g. metal carbenes carbines, and higher metal cumulenes). The unit will describe the role of organometallic species in catalysis for selected examples.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40162 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AAM06 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • RSCH-AFM03 : Integrated PhD in Chemistry
  • TSCH-AFM01 : MRes Chemistry
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 5)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.