Dear Colleagues (particularly those of you who are Organometallic Chemists and/or those of you who attended the workshop: "Organometallica",
Each time I set out to teach my Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Course (a 1 term survey course for juinor and senior undergraduates) I revist my syllabus to see if I am covering topics that students really need to see. In my section on Organometallic Chemistry, I question whether I am up to date enough. Over the last few years of working with Chip Nataro and Matt Whited, they completely convinced me that I need to teach the CBC Method of electron counting and now I do. So without biasing you with my list, I ask you (Matt and Chip too!) what are the essential topics in organometallic chemistry that should be covered in a survey course (I have a maximum of 1/6 to 1/5 of my time dedicated to Organometallic Chemistry....five or six 70-minute class periods out of 29).
Thanks for your thoughts!
Marion Cass (Carleton College)