This learning object focuses on a recent publication (Acta Crystallographia 2014, C70, 260 -266) by the Collins research group in the Department of Chemistry at The College of Wooster. Specifically, the paper evaluates the coordination diversity of a N-donor ligand, 2-phenyl-1,10-phenanthroline(pnp) with three new pnp-metal complexes containing Au(III), Cu(II), and Pd(II) metal centers.
There are various goals for this activity, which reinforces fundamental and organic and inorganic chemistry concepts learned in early courses.
- The student will apply concepts focused on structural analysis using 1H NMR spectroscopy.
- The student will read and critically evaluate the chemical literature.
- The student will generate ligand group orbitals (LGOs) for a pnp-metal complex using the approach developed by Professor Adam Johnson (Harvey Mudd).
- The student will learn about the peer-review process for publishing results in the chemical literature.
Laptop and LCD Projector for Powerpoint Presentation.
The article will be used to begin a discussion on coordination chemistry. The students will be required to read the journal article before class and answer a series of questions. The students are required to bring their typed responses to the class for a discussion. After the discussion, the instructor will give a powerpoint presentation on results not published in the article. Furthermore, the instructor will also discuss actual reviewer comments on the manuscript prior to publication (see powerpoint in faculty only files).