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SC02105713, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
CHEMISTRY (Ord. 2018)
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INORGANIC REACTION MECHANISMS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CRISTINA TUBARO CHIM/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019/20 20/01/2016 30/11/2020 TUBARO CRISTINA (Presidente)
BIFFIS ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
ZECCA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of inorganic chemistry, meinly related to the properties of transition metals.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the basic concepts for understanding the mechanisms of the most important types of reactions in inorganic chemistry, with particular attention to substitution, insertion, oxidative addition and reductive elimination reactions. Another very important aspect of the course is the understanding of the effect of the metal center on the reactivity of the coordinated ligands and the use of inorganic compounds or organometallic complexes in metal-catalyzed reactions.
Examination methods: Oral exam lasting about 40 minutes in which the student is asked to describe and explain two topics developed during the course.
Assessment criteria: The oral exam will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Consistency between the answers and the questions proposed;
- Level of insight;
- Use of proper language.
Course unit contents: Chemical kinetics and experimental techniques to follow the course of the reaction.
Classification of reactions and reaction mechanisms in inorganic chemistry. Electrophilic and nucleophilic substitution reactions in inorganic chemistry: mechanisms A, Ia, Id, D. Scale of nucleophilicity. Relations between geometry, electronic configuration and mechanism.
Nucleophilic substitutions on tetracoordinated compounds with tetrahedral or square-planar geometry. Trans effect.
Nucleophilic substitutions on hexacoordinated compounds.
Insertion reactions, nature and mechanism of the reaction. Insertion of CO and alkenes.
Redox reactions and electron transfer reactions. Mechanisms of the outer sphere electron transfer: theory of Marcus. Mechanisms of inner sphere electron transfer.
Reactions of oxidative addition and reductive elimination: mechanism of the reactions.
Changes in the reactivity of the ligands after complexation: the metal center as collection point of the reagents and as a distributor of electron density to the ligands.
Catalysts and catalyzed reactions.
Catalytic cycles. Controlled oxidation of alkenes; oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde (Wacker process). Hydrogenation of alkenes. Hydroformylation of alkenes. Carbonylation reactions: synthesis of acetic acid from methanol and carbon monoxide. Polymerization reactions. Metathesis of alkenes. Heck reaction.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures using slides.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture slides will be provided to the students.
R. G. Wilkins, Kinetics and Mechanisms of Reaction of Transition Metal Complexes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Crabtree, Robert H., <<The>> organometallic chemistry of the transition metalsRobert H. Crabtree. 5. ed. -Hoboken: Wiley, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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