|Unit level:||Level 6|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 1|
- Emphasize aspects of core inorganic chemistry that are essential to the study of organometallic complexes and their reactivity.
- Introduce topics in advanced concepts of structure, bonding and reaction mechanisms in organometallic chemistry including: organometallic reagents in synthesis, homogeneous catalysis by organometallic complexes, reactions of coordinated ligands.
- Show how ligand design and synthesis is vital in modern coordination chemistry and can be used to direct structures.
- Provide an introduction to, and a general overview of, the chemistry and physical properties of the f-block elements.
- Acquire standard techniques in synthetic organometallic chemistry: use of non-aqueous solvents, inert atmospheres, column chromatography.
Organometallic Chemistry (Dr A Brisdon, Dr D. Mills)
Foundations of Transition metal Organometallic Chemistry. Homogeneous catalysis and catalytic cycles for hydrogenation, hydroformylation, alkene polymerisation, metal-carbon multiple bonds, alkene metathesis.
Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (Dr S. Heath)
Chelate and Macrocyclic ligands, classification and synthesis, metal template methods. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Metal-Ligand Complex formation, the macrocyclic effect. Molecular recognition: cation, anion and neutral molecule binding; H-bonding, pi-pi stacking and hydrophobic effects. Supramolecular Chemistry. Metal-directed self-assembly, molecular grids, ladders and helices. Topological connectivity, Catenanes and Rotaxanes. Applications of Macrocyclic and Supramolecular chemistry.
f-block Chemistry (Prof. R. Layfield)
Tthe lanthanides: context of lanthanide chemistry, overview of applications; atomic and electronic structure, 4f orbitals; oxidation states and chemical bonding, comparison with the s-block; selected chemistry; spectroscopy and magnetism.. The actinides: occurrence of the actinides in Nature, man-made actinides; electronic structure, comparison of 5f and 4f orbitals; oxidation states, chemical bonding; selected chemistry, spectroscopy and magnetism.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Problem solving involving qualitative and quantitative information; analytical skills involving understanding applying and extending concepts and data, laboratory skills, such as synthesis under an inert atmosphere, handling organometallic complexes.
- Laboratory Practical 5%
- Notes allowed, unseen course test, 25%
- Written exam, 2.5 hr, 70%
Students successfully completing this unit should have developed the ability to:
- Describe the fundamental mechanistic principles governing the reactivity of transition metal organometallics.
- Provide the mechanisms of common catalytic organometallic reactions.
- Formulate synthetic strategies to target specific ligand types, and predict the properties of resultant coordination complexes and supramolecular species.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental chemistry and physical properties of the 4f and 5f elements, and of selected applications of these elements.
- Interpret spectroscopic data for organometallic and coordination compounds.
- M. Bochmann, 'Organometallics 1', Oxford Chemistry Primers, No. 12.
- M. Bochmann, 'Organometallics 2', Oxford Chemistry Primers, No. 13.
- C. Elschenbroich, 'Organometallics', 2nd or 3rd eds, VCH.
- R. Crabtree, 'The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals', 3rd or 4th eds.
- P.D. Beer, P.A. Gale, D.K. Smith, 'Supramolecular Chemistry', Oxford Chemistry Primers, No. 74.
- H.C. Aspinall, ‘Chemistry of the f-block elements, CRC Press.
- N. Kaltsoyannis and P. Scott, ‘The f-elements’, Oxford Chemistry Primers, No. 76
Tutorials, Workshops & Blackboard quizzes.
- Lectures – 30 hours
- Practical classes – 2 x 8 hours
- Workshops & Tutorials – 8 hours
- Independent study hours - 96 hours