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CHEM3304 Organometallic chemistry (6 credits) Academic Year 2013
Offering Department Chemistry Quota 40
Course Co-ordinator Prof V W W Yam, Chemistry
Course Aim To give further, more detailed, treatment to organometallic chemistry mentioned in Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry.  The course also aims to introduce and familiarize students with advanced laboratory techniques, and to prepare students for graduate work in inorganic and organometallic chemistry.
Course Contents Lectures: Main group and transition metal organometallics.  Transition metal cluster chemistry. Bonding, structure and reactivities of organometallics.  Application of organometallics in organic synthesis and catalysis.

Laboratory: To introduce and familiarize students with advanced laboratory techniques which include the synthesis and manipulation of air- and moisture- sensitive compounds, and their characterization by various spectroscopic methods.
Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand the advanced principles and concepts in organometallic chemistry
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the bonding, structure and reactivities of  main group and transition metal organometallics, especially in transition metal clusters, metal alkyls, metal alkylidenes and metal alkylidynes
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the application of organometallics in organic synthesis, polymerization and catalysis
- Demonstrate ability in advanced laboratory techniques including the synthesis and manipulation of air- and moisture- sensitive compounds, and their characterization by various spectroscopic methods
Pre-requisites Pass in CHEM2303
Offer in 2013 - 2014 Y        1st sem    Examination Dec     
Offer in 2014 - 2015 Y
Teaching Hours 24 lectures + 5 tutorials and 6 x 5-hour laboratory sessions
Assessment Method One 3-hour written examination (70% weighting) and continuous assessment including practical work (30% weighting)
Course Grade A+ to F
Textbooks R. H. Crabtree: The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals (Wiley, 2005, 4th ed.)
C. Elschenbroich and A. Salzer: Organometallics - A Concise Introduction (VCH, 1992, 2nd revised edition)
References Reference to specialist texts and other published materials will be made throughout the course.
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