Metal Complexation, Structure and Reactivity

Course code CHEM3210Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Of the one hundred plus elements that are known some 80% are metals, many of which are not only important to biological life itself, but also shape our lives through continuing advances in technology. This course explores aspects of inorganic chemistry with a focus on metal compounds, their structures and their reactions, as well as on their many applications, such as in industry and medicine. From coordination chemistry to organometallic chemistry, the chemistry of the transition metals, lanthanides and actinides are detailed, involving treatment of synthetic methods, structure and structure determination, chemical reactivity and the application of modern spectroscopic methods for the characterization of materials.

The course forms part of the accredited degree program required for Membership of Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. and Chartered Chemist qualifications.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able:

1. to develop expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry
2. to provide an understanding of the range and reactivities of compounds formed by metals
3. to develop an understanding of the processes of synthesis and structures of coordination and organometallic compounds
4. to develop an understanding of the role of the chemist in synthesis of new compounds and study of their reactions
5. to provide an understanding of the theory and operation of advanced spectroscopic methods employed for structure elucidation in inorganic chemistry
6. to provide laboratory experience with some methods employed in spectroscopic analysis of inorganic compounds
7. to extend skills in procedures applied in synthetic tasks and identification of inorganic compounds
8. to expand skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. to extend understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with metal compounds
ContentThe course involves study of:
1) Organometallic Chemistry:
a) introduction to metal-organic chemistry
b) metal alkyls, aryls and carbonyls
c) synthesis,structure and bonding in organometallic compounds
d) reactions and catalysis
2) Coordination Chemistry of the d- and f-Blocks:
a) comparisons of 1st, 2nd and 3rd row transition metal compounds
b) structure and stereochemistry of complexes
c) reactions involving metal ions
d) metal-directed synthetic reactions
e) lanthanide and actinide compounds
3) Spectroscopic and Physical Methods for Metal Chemistry:
a) electronic (UV-Visible) spectroscopy
b) vibrational (FT-IR, Raman) and Mossbauer spectroscopy
c) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
d) electrochemical analysis of complexes
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM2210
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis is a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis course has a compulsory course component in its laboratory component. Students must participate in and submit reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
ReportsResearch resport
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CHEM3210