Submitted by Laina Geary / University of Nevada, Reno on Tue, 06/28/2022 - 17:51
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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 713
University of Nevada, Reno
Organotransition Metal Chemistry, Hartwig
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
14 weeks
Lab Associated
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
The students are usually second or third year graduate students, though occasional first year (second semester) graduate students may enroll.
All will have taken advanced organic and inorganic chemistry; some may have taken advanced physical chemistry. All of those are targeted towards incoming graduate students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds.

From the syllabus: All students are assumed to know (or to be able to look up) the material covered in introductory organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry courses. This includes trends in the electronegativities of atoms, atomic sizes, approximate bond lengths and angles, qualitative descriptions of electronic structure, and general reactivity.

The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth introduction to the broad subject of organometallic chemistry. Selected topics include: main group organometallics, oxidation states, ligands, structure and bonding, mechanism and mechanistic analysis, cross coupling, hydrogenation, hydroformylation, olefin polymerization, olefin metathesis, and other applications in homogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis.

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Learning Goals

Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of the semester, a student will be expected to be able to:

   (1) count valence electrons for organometallic compounds

   (2) describe bonding in organometallic compounds

   (3) explain fundamental organometallic processes, such as ligand substitution, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertion, and elimination

   (4) apply knowledge of fundamental reaction processes to catalysis

   (5) analyze organometallic reaction mechanisms based on experimental data

How the course is taught
The class was initially taught as primarily lecture based but complemented with small group work.
Grading Scheme
Problem Sets: 20%
In Class Tests (2): 30%
Catalytic Cycle Project: 10%
Mini Lecture: 15%
Final Exam: 25%
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