The literature discussion is based on a paper (Organometallics ASAP) in which the synthesis and reactivity of a palladium and platinum carbene compound. The palladium and platinum compounds exhibit some interesting differences that show up throughout the paper. There is a lot of detail in the experimental section so this paper seems longer than it actually is for the purposes of having students read it. The authors do a good job of going through the rationale of the work that was done and students should be able to follow along. There is a large amount of spectroscopic data in the paper and a nice presentation of coupling to spin 1/2 nuclei that is less than 100% naturally abundant.
Upon completing this LO students should be able to
- Use the CBC method to count electrons in the compounds in this paper
- Describe the bonding in carbene compounds presented in this paper
- Present a rationale for the differences in the reactivity of related palladium and platinum compounds
- Formulate reaction mechanisms for the compounds in this paper
- Explain 195Pt satellites
Students should read the paper before coming to class. Although there are a lot of questions in the LO, if the students have done a good job reading the paper I would anticipate that they can get through them all. Certainly some of the questions can be left out, or perhaps only provide the students with a few of them before class, in particular the students should be able to do electron counts before class.