Christophe Copéret: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Christophe Copéret
Name variantsChristophe Coperet
FieldSurface and Interfacial Chemistry
Lab. für Anorganische Chemie
ETH Zürich, HCI H 229
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 93 94
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences
RelationshipFull Professor

529-0131-00LInorganic Chemistry IV: (Nano-)Materials; Synthesis, Properties and Surface Chemistry Information 4 credits3GC. Copéret, A. Comas Vives
AbstractIntroduction into Solid State Chemistry, to the synthesis and properties of solids and to Nanomaterials.
ObjectiveIntroduction into solid compounds and nanomaterials: syntheses, properties and applications.
ContentSection 1. Generalities – Prof. C. Copéret
How do we apprehend a solid? Bulk vs. Surface
Texture, Surface area (N2 adsorption, BET), Crystallinity (X-ray diffraction), Surface functionalities (IR, NMR), Acidity/Basicity (Probe molecules: pyridine, CO, CO2…), Point of Zero Electric Charge

Section 2. Materials – Prof. C. Copéret
2.1 Synthetic methods
2.2 Sol-Gel and Solution Chemistry of Solids

Section 3. Metal oxides – Prof. C. Copéret
3.1 Silica (SiO2)
3.2 Alumina (Al2O3)
3.3 Aluminosilicates (amorphous, layered materials and zeolites)
3.4. Mesostructured and hybrid materials
3.5 Semi-conducting and conducting oxides (e.g TiO2 and related materials, IrO2)
3.6 Other materials: Single and Complex Oxides, (MgO, CaO, MgAlO2, Perovskites), Polyoxometallates

Section 4. Other materials

Metal halides and chalcogenides
Carbon-based materials
Metals and Alloys

Section 5. Bonding in Solids and Surfaces – Dr. Comas-Vives
Lecture notesis provided on the internet.
LiteratureA. West, Solid State Chemistry and its Applications, Wiley 1989;
U. Müller, Anorganische Strukturchemie, Teubner Taschenbuch 2006;
R. Nesper, H.-J. Muhr, Chimia 52 (1998) 571;
C.N.R. Rao, A. Müller, A.K. Cheetham, Nanomaterials, Wiley-VCH 2007.
Prerequisites / NoticeAC-II
529-0142-00LAdvanced Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry: Learning from Nature and Industrial Processes
Prerequisites: successful participation in 529-0132-00L "Inorganic Chemistry III: Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis".
6 credits3GV. Mougel, C. Copéret
AbstractThis class will discuss advanced concepts in organometallic, bio-inorganic and coordination chemistry, in the context of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis as well as enzymatic processes.
The class will thus cover a broad range of catalytic transformations focusing on the sustainable and efficient use of feedstock molecules, exploring the parallel between industrial and biological systems.
ObjectiveGain knowledge of catalytic transformations, relevant to processes found in industry and in Nature.
Development of an extended molecular understanding of organometallic, bio-inorganic and coordination chemistry in relation to catalytic transformations.
ContentSpecific focus will be given to key reactions such as alkane functionalization and homologation, olefin metathesis and polymerization, oxidation, processes related to conversion of C1 molecules (CH4 and CO2), CO/H2 to hydrocarbons (Fischer-Tropsch) and N2/H2 to ammonia (Haber-Bosch) as well as the corresponding enzymatic counterparts.
The fundamental underlying principle of the associated elementary steps and reaction mechanisms involved in these processes, that include C-H activation, O/N-atom transfer reactions, N-N, C-O and C-C bond cleavage and formation will be discussed in details exploiting Molecular Orbital theory and spectroscopy.
Lecture notesA script is provided on Ilias.
It is expected that the students will consult the accompanying literature.

1) R. Crabtree: the Organometallic Chemistry of Transition Metals – Wiley, 5th Edition

2) TA Albright, JB Burdett, MH Whangbo: Orbital Interactions in Chemistry – Wiley Interscience

3) Y. Jean: Molecular Orbitals of Transition Metal complexes – Oxford University Press

4) Bertini, Gray, Stiefel, Valentine: Biological Inorganic Chemistry – University Science Books
Prerequisites / Noticeit is expected that students will have knowledge of AC-III or similar class/level.
529-0199-00LInorganic and Organometallic Chemistry0 credits2KH. Grützmacher, C. Copéret, D. Günther, M. Kovalenko, A. Mezzetti, A. Togni