This assignment is intended as an introduction to searching the chemical literature to identify an article on specific topic (in this case a specific metal within a specified time range). Once they have located their articles, they are expected to name a metal complex and give the oxidation state, d electron count, and geometry.
After completing the assignment, the student should be able to
- Search an American Chemical Society journal for an article on a specific topic
- Use chemical nomenclature rules to name complexes found in the literature
Each student is assigned a column from the periodic table (such as columns 4-11) for this assignment. I assign this as we are talking about inorganic nomenclature, oxidation states, and d electron counts. We typically have not yet talked about more complex ligands and binding modes and how this affects geometry, so the geometry assignment is intended as a proposed geometry that they usually base off of structures in the articles. You may want to suggest that they look for articles that contain a stuctural image of the complex to aid in their geometry assignment. They are given a week to complete this assignment.
For some students, this is the first time that they have used the chemical literature, so I also provide a walk-through for finding ACS journal articles through our library website and through SciFinder. I have included these walk-throughs, but they will obviously need to be modified for your institution.
I have a tablet PC that I use for grading, so I have students turn this assignment in electronically, which allows the links to the articles to be active (and makes it easier for me to check their work).