This is a literature discussion assignment in which students read a paper, come up with their own answers to the provided questions (and submit them). This is followed by a general in-class discussion on the paper. This particular article deals with hydrosilyation of carbonyl compounds by a Re catalyst and describes the mechanism and kinetics in detail. I found it a good paper to help students connect their P-chem (and inorganic) kinetics with a "real" system. As part of the literature assignment, I also ask students to draw an MO diagram of a simple substrate (for review).
Upon completing this LO students should be able to:
- read and extract information from a primary literature article
- develop the MO diagram for SiHCl3 using a fragment orbital approach
- interpret X-ray crystallographic data to explain bond distances and angles
- analyze kinetics data to understand reaction order and kinetic isotope effect for stoichiometric and catalytic reactions
- understand and explain how a reaction can be irreversible yet have labile ligands
Students who are currently enrolled in Thermodynamics and Kinetics may need to be paired with a student who has previously completed the course