27 Jun 2016

A Guided-Inquiry Approach to Building a Catalytic Cycle

In-Class Activity

Submitted by Murielle Watzky, University of Northern Colorado

This activity introduces students to fundamental types of organometallic reactions, and directs them to examine how each of these reactions affects the total electron count for the organometallic complex and the oxidation state of the central metal.  Students are then directed to use these reactions to build a sequence of steps for a catalytic cycle.

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Learning Goals: 

Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to…

-       discuss fundamental organometallic reactions.

-       determine how fundamental organometallic reactions affect the total electron count in an organometallic complex and the oxidation state of the central metal.

-       apply their knowledge of fundamental organometallic reactions to put together a catalytic cycle.

-       understand the cyclic nature of catalysis.

Implementation Notes: 

This activity can be used as an introduction to fundamental organometallic reactions and/or catalytic cycles. Students should work in small groups of 3-4.  Student must already be able to count electrons in an organometallic complex.

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