CHEM 365


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2009


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: CHEMISTRY RICHARD BLATCHLY PROPOSAL SPONSOR: COLIN D ABERNETHY PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: N/A PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: CHEM 365 Organometallics PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the organometallic chemistry of the transition metals and main group elements with emphasis on common structural features and basic reaction types. The role of organometallic complexes in catalysis is also explored. Prerequisite: CHEM 222 or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years. LEARNING OUTCOMES: On completing this course a student will have an understanding of: • the importance of ‘electron counting’ in determining the structure and reactivity of organometallic complexes Updated 18 April 2008 • the role of commonly used ligands, such as carbonyls, phosphines, and hydrides, in organometallic chemistry • the differences in reactivity between s− and p− bonding ligands • metal-metal bonding Students will also have a detailed knowledge of the following fundamental reactions and catalytic processes: • Ligand substitutions • Oxidative addition/Reductive elimination • Intramolecular insertions/eliminations • Hydrogenation: symmetric and asymmetric • Carbonylations: hydroformylation and the Monsanto Acetic Acid Process • Polymerization/oligomerization/cyclizations RATIONALE: The field of Organometallic Chemistry sits at the interface between the traditional divisions of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Over the past 50 years Organometallic Chemistry has flourished into a major research area, which has revolutionized our understanding of both fundamental chemical principals (such as: ‘What constitutes a chemical bond?’ and ‘What types of chemical compounds can exist?’) as well as providing new catalysts and reagents for the formation of industrial and pharmaceutical materials. The study Organometallic Chemistry will allow our students to expand their knowledge of both Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and make connections between these two traditionally different fields. RESOURCES: No additional resources are required ADVISORY OPINIONS: This course is not required by any major


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CHEM 365