CHEM303 - Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
CHEM 303 Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry is an 18-point paper available in the first semester.
Using selected lecture and laboratory themes students will gain an understanding of how the concepts of bonding, coordination chemistry and solid-state structure can be used to predict and rationalize the synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds. This is an important course for chemistry majors and for all students requiring knowledge and understanding of inorganic chemistry to underpin their major subject.
The topics covered in CHEM 303 are:
- Transition metal organometallic chemistry
- Study of the compounds with M-C bonds, their reactivity and structure, and involvement in catalytic reactions
- Coordination chemistry
- Emphasis is on the synthesis, structure and physical properties of transition metal coordination complexes
- Ligand substitution and fluxional processes
- Mechanisms by which coordination complexes undergo ligand substitution
- Fluxional processes in coordination complexes and methods for studying these
- Materials chemistry
- Comparison of metal oxide and sulfide solid structures and a study of the consequential band structure, magnetic and electronic properties
- Introduction to crystal structure analysis
There are three lectures and one four-hour laboratory class each week.
Lecture times and venues
Semester 1 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:00 am
Semester 1 Thursday or Friday at 2.00 pm (Chemistry Labs, second floor, Science I)
Laboratory work will cover both lecture material and techniques. The experiments will involve both practical work (synthesis and characterization techniques) and literature work/scientific literacy.
Expectations at the completion of the course
- An understanding of how the concepts of bonding, coordination chemistry and solid-state structure can be used to predict and rationalize the synthesis, structure
and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds
- An ability to carry out practical work; emphasis will be on synthetic and spectroscopic techniques which give a good grounding in experimental inorganic and organometallic chemistry
- An ability to work successfully in a team
- An ability to use the literature and a variety of information systems
- An ability to problem solve
- An ability to manage time
- An ability to undertake self-directed work
- An ability to write a formal report using standard scientific terminology
Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication, teamwork
Two-hour written examination 60%
Laboratory assessment 40%
Housecroft, C.R. and Sharpe, A.G. Inorganic Chemistry, (2nd edition or later), Prentice Hall.
Lecture notes/slides are typically made available.
Dr Nigel Lucas
Prof. Sally Brooker
Prof. Lyall Hanton
Assoc. Prof. James Crowley