3 Feb 2017

Six-coordinate Carbon In-class Activity

In-Class Activity

Submitted by Kyle Grice, DePaul University

This is an in-class exercise developed based on a recent paper in Angewandte Chemie International Edition that reported a crystal structure of "six-coordinate" carbon. We normally think of carbon being four-coordinate at most, but this case has definitive evidence otherwise. However, we can use our inorganic chemistry knowledge to understand the structure and bonding of this molecule and rationalize its stability. Students do a pre-class exercise and then construct the MO of fhe molecule in class together. 

Learning Goals: 

After completion of this Learning Object, students will be able to:

-Assign point groups to organic molecules

-Analyze and discuss chemistry primary literature

-Identify the properties and charges of ligands

-Use Wade's rules to describe clusters

-Construct qualitative MO diagrams using symmetry as a guide

Equipment needs: 


Implementation Notes: 

Dr. Grice will be implementing this later this year. 

We have included an instructor guide file under Faculty files. 

Time Required: 
50 min
Evaluation Methods: 

Dr. Grice will evaluate this LO later this year. 

Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence


Updated files uploaded

FYI there was a computational paper that followed the original paper up recently: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210271X1730124X

The VIPEr community supports respectful and voluntary sharing. Click here for a description of our default Creative Commons license.