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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM2211 Organometallic Compounds and their Applications

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Prof Patrick McGowan
Email: p.c.mcgowan@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 Chemistry or equivalent

Module replaces

CHEM2270 Organometallic and f-block chemistry

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module builds upon organic and inorganic chemistry taught at level 1, focussing on the structure and reactivity of organo-main group molecules and organo-transition metal complexes, and on the increasingly important application of these species as reagents and/or catalysts in synthetic organic chemistry.

Objectives

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;
- carry out an electron count in an organometallic species.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students should be able to:
1. understand and describe the bonding, structure and reactivity of organo-main group compounds;
2. recognise the importance of different types of bonding and structure in organo-transition metal chemistry;
3. understand the principles of electron deficiency and 3c2e bonding, and how they impact structure and reactivity;
4. understand the origin of the 18 electron rule, and its importance for chemical reactivity, and apply the 18 electron rule using MLX electron counting;
5. understand the synthesis and electronic characteristics of complexes of phosphine, carbonyl and nitrosyl ligands;
6. demonstrate awareness of the structure and reactivity of different types of organometallic reagents (R2Zn, RZnZ, R2CuLi);
7. understand and solve problems involving the application of these reagents in simple one-step synthesis;
8. understand and solve problems involving Hard-Soft Acid Base theory and its application into explaining 1,2 vs 1,4-addition selectivity;
9. demonstrate knowledge of how organometallic reagents are prepared;
10. understand and solve problems involving the use of Pd reagents in C-C and C-X bond-forming reactions.


Syllabus

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 applications of organometallic reagents and catalysts in organic synthesis.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop41.004.00
Lecture181.0018.00
Tutorial21.002.00
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Pre-reading prior to and post-reading after lectures / examples classes (33h).
Working through formative problems including online learning (14h).
Preparation for tutorials (6h).
Preparation for exam (23h).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Short online MCQs. Online workshops with in-class feedback

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 07/08/2020 18:22:56

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