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CHEM3122 Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis

10 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Professor M A Halcrow

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

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


CHEM2270Organometallic and f-block Chemistry

Module replaces

CHEM3120 Organic Chemistry of Transition and Main Group Elements

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be familiar with the bonding modes encountered in transition metals with organic ligands, appreciate synthetic methods to important classes of complexes, and understand reactivity patterns.

They should also appreciate aspects of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.

Learning outcomes
The course will enable students to appreciate the atomic structure of surfaces and porous materials and their reaction/interaction with molecules.


The course explains the most important bonding concepts found in transition metal complexes with o-donor and n-acceptor ligands, and discusses major classes of complexes, such as metal carbonyls, olefin and sandwich complexes, metal hydrides, and metal alkyls.

The reactivity of these complexes is discussed in relation to their steric and electronic properties, with emphasis on the reactivity of the metal-carbon bond, including their relevance to synthetic methodology and catalysis.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

20 hours - reading per lecture (20 x 1 hour)
13 hours - preparation for course work
25 hours - preparation for examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress monitored through particiapation in tutorials and submission of assessed course work.

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 08:50:02


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