CHEM 660 - Inorganic Reactions and Mechanisms

Inorganic Reactions & Mechanisms - CHEM 660

Lecture Meeting: Monday 15:30 - 18:30

1. Overall Aims of Course

This course aims at providing an overview of transition metal compounds and complexes; synthesis,properties, reactions and mechanisms: Oxidative addition, reductive elimination, insertion and elimination. It also provides an introduction to kinetics and mechanisms of transition metal complexes reactions. In addition to a discussion of homogenous catalysis of organic reactions, as well as heterogeneous catalysis.

2. Intended Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge and Understanding


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    A1. Identify and define theories and concepts used in inorganic reactions and mechanisms.

    A2. Classify and give examples of the different types of inorganic reactions.

    A3. State and interpret the fundamental principles that dictate the mechanisms involved in the reactions of these inorganic complexes.

    A4. Summarize and discuss concepts used in organometallic chemistry: synthesis, properties and reactions of inorganic complexes.

    A5. Explain the elementary reactions involved in coordination and organometallic chemistry.

B. Intellectual Skills

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    B1. Predict the correct mechanisms defining the reactions of conventional coordination and organometallic complexes.

    B2. Postulate a reasonable and educated guess about the likely mechanism of new reactions.

    B3. Determine and apply appropriate theories, principles and concepts relevant to reactions and mechanisms of inorganic complexes.

C. Professional and Practical Skills


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    C1. Solve problems relevant to reactions and mechanisms of inorganic chemistry using ideas and techniques some of which are at the forefront of the course discipline.

    C2. Sketch the mechanisms of inorganic reactions.

    C3. Determine the properties, syntheses and reactions of organometallic complexes.

D. General and Transferable Skills

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    D1. Acquire the skill of understanding and interpreting the reaction mechanisms of organometallic complexes.

    D2. Think independently and enrich their factual knowledge of the presence and function of transition metal complexes in biological systems, and their potential use as catalysts of organic reactions.

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