CHEM30250 Organometallic and Solid State Chemistry

Academic Year 2024/2025

Main group organometallic chemistry of elements from groups 1, 2, 13 and 14 will be discussed in detail, while the organometallic chemistry of the metallic and metalloid elements of groups 12, 15 and 16 will be mentioned. In addition, metal-metal bonding and metal-oxygen bonding will be treated as special topics. The structures of polyoxometallates and chromium diacetate will be presented, which both will be synthesised in the practical part of the course in addition to a metallocene compound and their acetylation products.
Organozirconocene and sandwich-type metallocene complexes and their chemistry, transition metal carbonyl chemistry and homogeneous hydrogenations will be presented. Structure and reactivity of transition metal carbene compounds will be outlined.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students are expected to:
1) know specifics of main group organometallic chemistry, 2) show knowledge of synthesis, structure and reactivity of transition metal carbonyl compounds, 3) describe syntheses and structures of transition metal halides and hydrides and show understanding chemical reactions that can be employed for converting them into organometallic complexes, 4) outline catalytic processes that involve transition metal hydride and alkyl compounds. 5) Rationalise the chemistry of transition metal carbene complexes.

Indicative Module Content:

Main group transition metal compounds with focus on lithium, magnesium and aluminium including there synthesis, structural characteristics and their chemistry.
Transition metal alkyl compounds and their synthesis from transition metal halides and hydrides, the Schwarz's reagent and its reactions with olefins, Ti-based transition metal complexes including the Tebbe reagent and its chemistry, comparison with the Petasis reagent. Synthesis and reactivity of sandwich-type metallocenes, mono-, di- and polynuclear transition metal carbonyl compounds, the Wilkinson catalyst and the catalytic cycle for olefin hydrogenation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a predominantly lecture- and laboratory-based module. Students are expected to solve problems based on the material taught in the lectures. They will show their laboratory skills in the synthesis and characterisation of transition metal based compounds and discuss the relevant procedures and chemistry in their laboratory reports. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Student will be given the correct answers to continuous assessment exercises subsequent to these assessments and an overview on typical mistakes made. Students will be individually informed about the grades they receive for the quality of their samples synthesised in the practical/laboratory classes.

Name Role
Dr Tom Hooper Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Eoghan McGarrigle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer