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CHEM2270 Organometallic and f-block Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr C Willans

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 in Chemistry or Level 2 in Joint Honours (Science) with Chemistry or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand the relevance of organometallic compounds to the real world;
- recognise that there are consequences associated with choosing to use organometallic compounds;
- have an appreciation of the bonding and reactivity of organo-main group chemistry;
- recognise and be able to illustrate the importance of different types of bonding and structure in organo-transition metal chemistry;
- be able to carry out an electron count in an organometallic species;
- understand the unique characteristics of the lanthanide and actinide elements;
- assess the relative merits of available methods for chemical separation of these elements;
- understand the role that they play in modern technology;
- appreciate the chemical effects of radioactivity in the actinides and the relevance to toxicity and environmental pollution.


An introduction to the organometallic chemistry of the main group and transition metals using some of their important applications to illustrate the importance of different modes of bonding and reactivity.

An appreciation of different types of structures and the prediction of stability using electron counting.

An introduction to the chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides, with particular emphasis on coordination and stereochemistry, physical properties and their applications, and chemical separation.

The chemical effects of radioactivity and the relevance to reactor fuel technology; the toxicity of plutonium and the environmental problems associated with containment of reactor waste.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

78 hours:
- reading for lectures and tutorials
- preparation of tuturoail and assessed work
- preparation for examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through participation in tutorials and submission of assessed coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentAssessed coursework12.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)12.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins88.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)88.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:05


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