Inorganic chemistry A

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course will furnish an advanced knowledge for understanding the role of organometallic complexes both in synthetic and catalytic reactions.
Expected learning outcomes
"Students will acquire theoretical competencies in the field of synthesis, characterization of organometallic complexes as well as in their chemical reactivity. Lessons are planned to actively involve students in scientific discussions in order to develop their proper and personal viewpoints on all treated topics.
Laboratory experiences will furnish skills, which are compulsory to fully understand the chemistry of organometallic compounds."
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
The lectures will be held by applying and a combination of synchronous and asynchronous lectures for the theoretical part (E. Gallo) and synchronous lectures for the experimental part. All the lectures will be available on-line as Webinars with the Microsoft Teams or Zoom web-conference platforms. Links to the lecture recordings will be available on the lecturers' Ariel websites. The program and the reference material are the same also in the emergency phase.
The contents and evaluation criteria of the final tests will not change. The oral examination will be held if possible in presence or alternatively remotely with Microsoft Teams
As far as the laboratory is concerned, selected experiences will be conducted in presence. The students will be divided into small groups and they will work single bank. All indications will be reported on the Ariel website of the course. For both laboratory experiences and other experiences, material will always be provided on the Ariel website (ppt and / or video files).
The methods and criteria for participating at face-to-face trainings (presumably turn based), will be described on the lecturers's Ariel website, as will any updates related to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Course syllabus
The course in planned in theoretical (6 CFU, 48 hours) and experimental (3 CFU, 48 hours) lessons. The theoretical part deals with the general properties of organometallic complexes, which are classified considering the nature of coordinated ligands. The course provides: i) general syntheses of organometallic complexes; ii) physical and chemical properties of organometallic complexes; iii) chemical reactions in which organometallic complexes are involved (oxidative addition and reductive elimination; insertion and elimination, nucleophilic and electrophilic addition and abstraction; iv) introduction to the homogeneous catalysis.
The course also deals with the synthesis and characterization of coordination complexes. The laboratory work focuses on some subjects illustrated during theoretical lectures: i) template synthesis; ii) synthesis of metal hydride complexes; iii) O2 activation; iv) substitution reactions; v) oxidative addition.
During a pre-laboratory lecture practical and theoretical aspects of all the synthesis will be given. The synthesis of air-sensitive complexes is performed under inert atmosphere using Schlenk technique (vacuum/nitrogen). Students will use combined N2-vacuum line and special glassware.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of Inorganic Chemistry and coordination
Teaching methods
Lectures. All the material presented in the course and the procedures of the single-bench laboratory exercises are made available to students through the course Web page that is constantly updated.
Students are strongly invited attending theoretical lessons and obliged attending the experimental laboratory.
Teaching Resources
- Teachers' slides
- The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, 6th Edition. R. H. Crabtree; J. Wiley & Sons, N.Y.
- Organometallics. Ch. Elschenbroich; VCH.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral (45 min.): The discussion of a laboratory experience is the starting point to fully analyze the student knowledge on the course contents.
Laboratories: 48 hours
Lessons: 48 hours