Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:16
My Notes

This is a powerpoint presentation that was developed for and used at the 2016 VIPEr workshop on Organometallic chemistry at the University of Michigan. Organometallic chemistry is a broad field, and we have divided ourselves into different classes based on what we study. For example, the reactivity of the third row metals is often quite different from that of the fourth/fifth rows. Early (high oxidation state with anionic ligands typically) and Late (low oxidation state with neutral ligands typically) metal complexes have different properties and d electron counts.

Being able to classify a paper or chemist according to this "personality profile," similar to a Myers-Briggs type of profile, would allow a student to understand, in a broad sense, the type of chemistry that is being reported.

Thanks to Sheila Smith, UM Dearborn, for encouraging me to turn this into an LO.

Learning Goals

A student will be able to classify an organometallic paper across four dimensions:

Early/Late metal

Organo- or -Metallic chemistry

Third/Fourth(Fifth) row metal

ligands are X-type or L-type

students will gain an appreciation for the breadth of the field

Equipment needs


Implementation Notes

This activity was done over lunch during the Organometallics workshop on June 27, 2016. The introductory slides were presented and discussed and during lunch, the workshop participants classified the four workshop papers according to their personalities. For classroom use, you could (and probably should) obviously select different papers.

Time Required
15-30 minutes


Evaluation Methods

The groups of workshop participants worked together to assign their papers. After lunch, the groups reported back to the whole workshop.

Evaluation Results

All four papers were correctly assigned according to the key, although we decided that some of the answers on the key could be different. This is highlighted in the key.

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