This is a literature-based activity that focuses on a review I recently published as part of a thematic series on C-H activation.
The review highlights similarities between the newly discovered frustrated Lewis pairs and polarized metal-ligand multiple bonds. There are many ways to use the review, but the attached set of questions focuses on drawing analogies among seemingly diverse types of reactivity using frontier-molecular-orbital considerations.
- Students should be able to use molecular-orbital theory to rationalize the electronic structure and observed reactivity of species containing polarized metal-ligand multiple bonds
- Students should be able to draw analogies between the reactivity of organic/main-group molecules and many transition-metal species using frontier molecular-orbital arguments
I am hoping to use some version of this in my inorganic chemistry class next spring, but it is as yet untested in a classroom setting, though I have had my research students work through the review and some related questions as they prepared a presentation on our work several months ago. Since it is more or less untested, I am especially happy to hear feedback!