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SCP9087645, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 ANDREA BIFFIS CHIM/03

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

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Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in chemistry imparted in the undergraduate courses in Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The goal of the present course is the aquisition of knowledge in organometallic chemistry, both in its fundamental and applicative aspects, with particular reference to the use of organometallic compounds in organic synthesis and in catalysis.
Examination methods: oral examination
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the preparation of the student will be accomplished by verifying the degree of comprehension of the course topics, the aquisition of the outlined fundamental concepts and the ability to apply them in an autonomous and informed way.
Course unit contents: Introduction
Organometallic compounds: definition. Historical overview. General properties and preparation methods. Organometallic compounds in the periodic table: trends.

Organometallic compounds of the main group elements
The preparation methods, the properties and the applications of the most important organometallic compounds of the main group metals, of the group 12 metals and of boron will be illustrated.

Organometallic compounds of the transition metals
The preparation methods, the properties and the applications of the most important classes organometallic compounds of the transition metals, such as compounds containing sigma M-C bonds, metal carbonyls, metal carbenes, metal olefin and metal alkyne complexes, allyl, polenyl and polyene complexes will be illustrated. Special attention will be given to applications in organometallic synthesis and catalysis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures aided by PowerPoint presentations, which will be provided to the students. The official language of the course is english, but the course will be held in italian if all the attending students will have adequate italian knowledge and will opt for the italian Language.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes
PowerPoint lecture presentations
Reference text (see below)
Books for consultation (available from the professor or at the library of the Department of Chemical Sciences):
J. Hartwig, "Organotransition metal chemistry", University Science Books, Sausalito, 2010.
R. H. Crabtree, “The Organometallíc Chemistry of the Transition Metals”, 5th ed., Wiley, New York 2009.
“Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry 3”, M. P. Mingos, R. H. Crabtree (eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam 2007.
“Transition Metals for Organic Synthesis”, M. Beller, C. Bolm (eds.), 2nd ed., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2004.
“Applied Homogeneous Catalysis with Organometallic Compounds”, B. Cornils, W. A. Herrmann (eds.), 2nd ed.,Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2002.
L. S. Hegedus, “Transition Metals in the Synthesis of Complex Organic Molecules”, 2nd ed., University Science Books, Sausalito 1999.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Elschenbroich, Organometallics. Weinheim: VCH, 2006. Third Edition Cerca nel catalogo