529-0142-00L  Advanced Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry: Learning from Nature and Industrial Processes

SemesterSpring Semester 2022
LecturersV. Mougel, C. Copéret
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentPrerequisites: successful participation in 529-0132-00L "Inorganic Chemistry III: Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis".


529-0142-00 GAdvanced Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry: Learning from Nature and Industrial Processes3 hrs
Mon13:45-15:30HCI H 8.1 »
Thu12:45-13:30HCI H 8.1 »
V. Mougel, C. Copéret

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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

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersV. Mougel, C. Copéret
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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