423/523 Syllabus

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Zinc alkyls

Course Outline

A detailed look at transition metal organometallic chemistry. Structure and bonding. Ligands. Reactivity. Catalysis. Applications of organometallic complexes in organic synthesis and industrial catalysis.

You will be expected to have a general understanding of transition metal chemistry, as taught in Chem324.


Recommended Text


Other Texts

More basic and general texts are not useful. There is no compulsory text for this course, but you should have access to one or more of the texts listed above. Note that Google Books has a wide selection of online textbooks on the subjects of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. See the terms of use; you usually don't get the whole book, but you can't argue with the price! In fact, some of the books above are available online in this format, and I've provided links for you.

Wikipedia has decent articles on organometallic chemistry, but the best web resource is probably still Rob Toreki's Organometallic Hypertextbook.


Grades and Examinations

The total percentage mark will be made up as follows for undergraduates (423) students:

  • Midterm 1 (Friday October 10) 20%
  • Midterm 2 (Friday November 14) 20%
  • Wiki article (team project, due Friday November 21) 10%
  • Final 50% (1900 Tuesday 16 December, DSB C108)

Graduate (523) students will be graded using a different format:

  • Midterm 1 (Friday October 10) 15%
  • Midterm 2 (Friday November 14) 15%
  • Class presentation (November 25, 26 or 28) 20%
  • Wiki article (team project, due Friday November 21) 10%
  • Final 40% (1900 Tuesday 16 December, DSB C108)

The examinations will not necessarily be the same for 423 and 523 students but will be held at the same time. Midterms will be 50 minutes (both will be counted under all circumstances) and the final 3 hours. Due to Senate regulations limiting the percentage of the final grade that may be allotted to the Final examination, any missed midterms will have to be made up.

All dates are subject to change with due notice.


Academic Integrity

The university has a policy on academic integrity to which all students are expected to abide.


JS McIndoe, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria.