This LO is a problem-set-style literature discussion that leads students through a critical analysis of an interesting but flawed paper from the recent chemical literature. Students use the questions to help them work through the paper prior to class, providing plenty of raw material for an in-class discussion about various aspects of the work from a mechanistic organometallic perspective. The questions help students critically analyze substrate tables, spectroscopic data, and computational results from DFT.
- Students will be able to pull out important mechanistic information from substrate tables in an organometallic paper
- Students will be able to use knowledge of organometallic mechanisms and organic chemistry to rationalize findings in a catalysis paper
- Students will be able to use knowledge of spectroscopy, particularly NMR, to understand structure and bonding arguments in an organometallic paper
- Students will critically analyze a paper and learn to feel comfortable questioning assertions by authors, including the major findings of a paper
I had students prepare answers to these questions ahead of class and bring the answers with them. To add incentive, I collected them as a homework assignment (though I graded some of the harder ones fairly leniently). The questions helped prepare them for a class discussion of the paper, which I led with a few slides containing information from the paper and some other useful tidbits (I am happy to send those to you if you like, just contact me).