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CH30162: Advanced organometallic chemistry

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 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
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 this unit, students should be able to:
* Describe the simple metal ligand bonding interactions in metal π-complexes
* Predict the reactivity of 18-electron complexes bearing hydrocarbon ligands
* Give examples of reactions of organometallic complexes with electrophiles and nucleophiles
* Describe the role of organometallics in catalysis.
Skills: Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (f, A), Independent working (F), Group working (F).
Content: The unit will provide insight to selected aspects of advanced organometallic chemistry. An overview of the bonding and reactivity of metal carbon σ,π donor/π acceptor ligands will be given. The unit will build on the concepts of the 18 electron rule and metal-metal bonding (esp. synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity). The unit will describe the role of organometallic species in catalysis for selected examples.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH30162 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB07 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry (Year 3)
  • USCH-AFM05 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 3)


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