Submitted by M. Watzky / University of Northern Colorado on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:00
My Notes

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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Brad Wile / Ohio Northern University

I really like your approach here. Thanks for sharing this approach and these examples. I've been splitting up transformations among my class, and asking them to create a poster describing their transformation. The class then gets together and we assemble the transformations instead of me simply lecturing about these.

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:02 Permalink
M. Watzky / University of Northern Colorado

Thank you for your feedback. This looks like a great application!

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 13:04 Permalink