Organometallic chemistry

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to train students on the aspects of frontier applications of organometallic chemistry. Fundamental aspects of organometallic compounds will be described. Application to synthetic organic reactions using these organometallic compounds will be presented.
Expected learning outcomes
The course will enable the students to fully comprehend the indispensable milestones and basic facts of metallorganic chemistry, as well as to manage selected examples of the most recent literature. Students will be able to systematize organometallic chemistry by relating molecular structures to the number and nature of the valence electrons are presented.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Teaching methods:
The lectures will be held in presence and at the same time on-line as Webinars with the Microsoft Teams or Zoom web-conference platforms.
Links to the lecture recordings will be available on the lecturer's Ariel website.
All the communications related to the course will be granted on the lecturers's Ariel website, as will any updates related to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reference materials:
The program and the reference material are the same also in the emergency phase.
Learning verification procedures and assessment criteria:
The contents and evaluation criteria of the final tests will not change.
Details will be carefully described on the lecturer's Ariel website.
The oral examination will be held in presence. Exceptions to the face-to-face exams will be granted only for the following reasons:
a) COVID-19 positive or quarantined students
b) students with particular frailties, as established by the laws in force
c) students residing in countries with health restrictions or travel restrictions between countries.
Course syllabus
1) Introduction. 2) Energy, polarity, and reactivity of the M-C bond. 3) Main group organometallics: overview of preparation methods. 4) Organometallic chemistry of alkali metals. 5) Organometallic compounds of groups 2 and 12. 6) Organometallic chemistry of boron, aluminium and indium. 7) Organoelement compounds of the carbon group. 8) Organometallic chemistry of copper, silver and gold. 9) Survey of organotransition metal complexes according to ligand. Structure and bonding. Reactivity. Applications in organic chemistry. 9a) sigma-donor ligands: transition metal -alkyls and -aryl compounds. 9b) sigma -donor pi-donor / pi-acceptor ligands: olefin and allyl complexes. 9c) sigma -donor / pi-acceptor ligands: transition metal carbene and carbyne complexes. 10) NMR spectroscopy (1H, 13C, 31P and heteronuclei) applied to the characterization and reactivity studies of organometallic complexes
Prerequisites for admission
Being a first year, first semester exam, there are no specific prerequisites other than those required for access to the degree course. Expected to have basic knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry. The student must also have already acquired the fundamental principles of coordination chemistry.
Teaching methods
Traditional: frontal lessons; however, all the material presented in lessons is made available to students via the web page and constantly updated ( If the timetable allows, the course is held in 24 lessons in 12 weeks: 2 hours / lesson. The course is held in Italian (in English on request). Attendance Policy: strongly recommended
Teaching Resources
There is no mandatory text: the teaching material will be provided by the teacher in the form of file.pdf downloadable from the network. However, it is recommended that the student could access one or more of the following books:
Crabtree, Robert H. The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals. 5th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley, 2009.
Elschenbroich, Christoph Organometallics 3rd, fully revised and extended ed. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, 2006.
Cotton, F. Albert; Wilkinson, Geoffrey; Murillo, Carlos A .; Bochmann, Manfred Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 6th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1999.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral Exam: The oral exam (about 45 minutes) aims to evaluate the preparation on the whole program, starting with a detailed analysis of a literature article (relevant to the program) at the choice. Students' knowledge of organometallic chemistry along with its application to synthetic organic reactions, and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed. The mark will be expressed in 30/30
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Caselli Alessandro
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