Victor Mougel: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2022

Name Prof. Dr. Victor Mougel
FieldInorganic Chemistry
Professur für Anorganische Chemie
ETH Zürich, HCI H 239
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 20 92
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences
RelationshipAssistant Professor (Tenure Track)

529-0129-AALInorganic and Organic Chemistry II
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
11 credits16RV. Mougel
AbstractIntroduction to the experimental methods of Inorganic Chemistry
ObjectiveThe teaching laboratory offers an insight into different aspects of Inorganic Chemistry, including solid state chemistry, organometallic chemistry, kinetics, etc.. The synthesis, characterization and analysis of inorganic compound are a main topic. Emphasis is given to scientific writing (experiment reports).
ContentInorganic chemistry part: Synthesis and analysis of elemento-organic compounds, metal complexes, and organometallic compounds. Introduction to Schlenk techniques, solid state synthesis, and kinetics. Introduction in the chemistry library: literature data banks and collections of spectra.
Organic synthesis with organometallic compounds and catalysts: Experiments in the framework of a selected specialised project. Possible projects: Rh catalysed asymmetric hydrogenation of enamides, Mn-catalysed epoxidation of olefins, Cu catalysed Diels-Alder reactions, synthesis of organo-boron compounds and Pd catalysed coupling with halides, Ru catalysed transfer hydrogenation.
Lecture notesA manual is distributed in the teaching laboratory.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites:
- Practical Course General Chemistry (1. Semester, 529-0011-04)
- Practical Course Inorg. and Org. Chemistry I (2. Sem., 529-0230)
- Attendance of Course Inorg. Chemistry 1 (3. Sem., 529-0121)
If necessary, access priority will be settled according to the results of the first-year examinations.
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.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
529-0199-00LInorganic and Organometallic Chemistry0 credits2KH. Grützmacher, M. Bezdek, C. Copéret, D. Günther, M. Kovalenko, T. Lippert, V. Mougel, P. Steinegger