In this literature discussion, students are asked to read an article describing a type of dual catalytic system in which the synergistic combination of photoredox catalysis and nickel catalysis provides a general method that would exploit naturally abundant, inexpensive organic molecules as coupling partners. This paper addresses several green chemistry principles and serves as a great literature example for teaching organometallic chemistry or green chemistry course.
A student should be able to recognize green chemistry principles and familiar with current research trends in sustainable catalysis area.
A student should be familiar with cross coupling reaction, an important type of organometallic reaction, and understand their applications.
A student should be able to develop fundamental understanding of homogeneous photocatalysis mechanism.
The students should be able to use web tools such as Scifinder and explore current research topics such as cross-coupling reactions and homogeneous photocatalytic reactions.
This paper and the questions will be handed out to students one week ahead of class discussion. It is best to conduct such exercise after discussion of organometallic chemistry in inorganic chemistry course.
The questions are divided into two parts. The first part is for class discussion, and the second is for homework. The students should turn in their homework answers within one week after class discussion.