Inorganic Chemistry: Synthesis and Analysis (CH 611) at UMass Boston
Professor Jonathan Rochford
Lecture is in the Department Conference Room, S-1-089
Mondays and Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.00 pm
An average of 3 exams will be used to calculate the final grade. All mid-term exams are mandatory. The final exam (Mon Dec 19th @ 5.30pm) is only optional if you have an average grade of B+ or greater. You may still choose to sit this exam and improve your overall grade if you so wish and drop one mid-term grade.
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(Page last updated 12/19/11)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 - 11 am or by appointment.
CH 611 is an advanced inorganic graduate course with a focus on transition metal organometallic chemistry (prerequisite CH 370 or equivalent). As an active participant in this course you will learn about the structural and electronic properties of transition metal organometallic complexes as well as their catalytic applications.
It is recommended to bring a copy of lecture notes to class in addition to a periodic table and a good sense of learning and curiosity!!
Further discussion and active participation is encouraged during the lecture.
Lectures will be uploaded on a weekly basis (tentative schedule)
Lecture 1: The Transition Metals (09/12/11)
Lecture 2: Transition Metal Complex MO Diagrams (09/14/11)
recommended revision resources point group determination and CH 612 lectures 6 & 7
Lecture 3: pi-bonding and 18VE rule (09/19/11)
additional reading electron counting and 18VE rule
sigma and pi bonding in Ti(OiPr)4
Lecture 4: Metal Hydrides, Dihydrogen complexes and agostic interactions (09/21/11)
Lecture 5: Literature review + supp info + lec slides (09/26/11)
Lecture 6: Phosphine & Carbene ligands (09/28/11)
Lecture 7: pi-bonding alkene, alkyne ligands (10/03/11)
Lecture 8: Exam 1 revision (10/05/11)
Exam # 1 solution key (10/12/11)
Lecture 9: Oxidative addition (10/17/11)
Lecture 10: Reductive elimination (10/19/11)
There will be no lectures scheduled for Mon. 10/24/11 and Wed. 10/26/11.
A literature project will be assigned due for presentation at the beginning of lecture on Mon 10/31/11.
Lecture 11: Discussion of literature assignment (10/31/11)
Lecture 12: Discussion of literature assignment (11/02/11)
Lecture 13: Insertion reactions (11/07/11)
- reading assignment
- homework assignment
Lecture 14: Nucleophilic/Electrophillic addition and abstraction (11/09/11)
Lecture 15: Exam 2 Revision (11/14/11)
Exam # 2 solution key (11/16/11)
Lecture 16: Organometallic catalysis I (11/21/11)
Lecture 17: Organometallic catalysis II (11/23/11)
Lecture 18: Organometallic catalysis III (11/28/11)
Lecture 19: Organometallic catalysis IV (11/30/11)
Lecture 20: Organometallic catalysis V (12/05/11)
Lecture 21: Exam 3 Revision (12/07/11) (NH4)2Ce(NO3)6
Exam # 3 key (12/12/11)
Final Exam Key (19/12/11)
3 x 1.5 hour in-class exams
The final exam will be comprehensive (2 hrs).
An average of 3 exams will be used to calculate the final grade. All mid-term exams are mandatory. The final exam is optional if you have an average grade of B+ or greater. You may still choose to sit this exam and improve your overall grade if you so wish and drop one mid-term grade.
“The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metal Elements” by Robert H. Crabtree (5th Ed. Wiley) on reserve at Healey Library
“Organometallics” by Elschenbroich (3rd Ed. Wiley-VCH) on reserve at Healey Library
"Organotransition Metal Chemistry" by John F. Hartwig (University Science Books)
"Molecular Chemistry of the Transition Elements: An Introductory Course" by François Mathey and Alain Sevin (Wiley)
"Chemistry of the Elements" by A. Earnshaw and N. Greenwood (Elsevier)
“Advanced Inorganic Chemistry” by Cotton and Wilkinson (Wiley)
Journals and links of Interest:
Organometallic Chemistry (http://pubs.acs.org/journal/orgnd7)
Inorganic Chemistry (http://pubs.acs.org/journal/inocaj)
Journal of the American Chemical Society (http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jacsat)
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/27721/home)
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/26737/home)
Journal of the Chemical Society Dalton Transactions (http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Journals/dt/)
Grading will reflect your performance in quizzes/exams.
Final grade determination:
≥ 90 % A
> 86 % A-
> 82 % B+
> 78 % B
> 74 % B-
> 70 % C+
> 66 % C
> 62 % C-
> 58 % D+
> 54 % D
≥ 50 % D-
< 50% F
Students are required to adhere to the University Policy on Academic Standards
and Cheating, to the University Statement on Plagiarism and the Documentation
of Written Work, and to the Code of Student Conduct as delineated in the catalog
of Undergraduate Programs, pp. 44-45, and 48-52. The Code is available online
at: http://www.umb.edu/student_services/student_rights/code_conduct.html .
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