A Pride Collection Celebrating LGBTQIAPN+ Inorganic Chemists

This collection features learning objects created to highlight the work of LGBTQIAN+ inorganic chemists in celebration of Pride Month (June) 2022.

Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy Mon, 05/23/2022 - 14:46

Mechanistic Study of Competitive sp3-sp3 and sp2-sp3 Carbon-Carbon Reductive Elimination from a Platinum(IV) Center and the Isolation of a C-C Agostic Complex (Williams)

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Fri, 05/20/2022 - 08:09
Description

This literature discussion focuses on a J. Am. Chem. Soc. communication that describes a series of Pt complexes that exhibit competitive reductive elimination reactions to form either an sp2-sp3 bond or an sp3-sp3 bond. One of the complexes also contains a C-C agostic interaction with the metal. The questions are written to be addressed by students in a foundation-level inorganic course.

Catalytic Transformation of Lignin (Abu Omar)
Description

Lignin material from plants may be transformed into useful organic materials.  This LO is part of a special VIPEr collection honoring the 2022 ACS National Award recipients in the field of inorganic chemistry. Mahdi Abu Omar was the recipient of the ACS Award in Green Chemistry for his contributions to fundamental science and technology development for catalytic lignin conversion to renewable chemicals, fuels, and materials following green chemistry and engineering principles. 

Hilary Eppley / DePauw University Tue, 03/15/2022 - 10:20

Spectroscopic, Structural, and Computational Analysis of [Re(CO)3(dippM)Br]n+ (Nataro)

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 06:17
Description

This literature discussion will guide students through an article that applies spectroscopic, structural, and computational analyses to a family of compounds of the type [Re(CO)3(dippM)Br]n+  (dippM = 1,1’-bis(diisopropyl)phosphino metallocene, M = Fe, n= 0 or 1; M = Co, n = 1).

Toward the Design of Phosphorescent Emitters of Cyclometalated Earth-Abundant Nickel(II) and Their Supramolecular Study (Yam)

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Tue, 03/08/2022 - 15:15
Description

This LO was created to celebrate Dr. Vivian W.-W. Yam's 2022 ACS Award, the Josef Michl Award in Photochemistry. These questions are written to help guide class discussion about this paper and the complexes in it. This LO would be good for an organometallics class or similar upper-division inorganic chemistry class. 

Pyridylamido Hafnium and Zirconium Complexes: Synthesis, Dynamic Behavior, and Ethylene/1-octene and Propylene Polymerization Reactions (Klosin)

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Tue, 03/08/2022 - 06:31
Description

This literature discussion focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and polymerization behavior of non-cyclopentadienyl-based Group 4 catalysts for the polymerization of ethylene/1-octene and propylene.

This LO is part of a special VIPEr collection honoring the 2022 ACS National Award recipients in the field of inorganic chemistry. Jerzy Klosin was the recipient of the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry for the development of versatile homogeneous catalysts for the production of a wide range of polymer-based materials on a large industrial scale.

Evidence of a homogeneous trinuclear Rh(I)-Cu(II)-Rh(I) catalyst for benzene C-H oxidative addition and styrene production (Gunnoe)

Submitted by John Lee / University of Tennessee Chattanooga on Wed, 03/02/2022 - 10:26
Description

The literature discussion is based on a manuscript by Gunnoe and coworkers (ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 5688-5702. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c01203). The paper presents mechanistic studies of catalytic oxidative conversion of arenes and olefins to alkenyl arenes with a focus on styrene production.

Free Energy of Activation & Reaction Completion Times

Submitted by Joanna Webb / West Virginia Wesleyan College on Thu, 02/17/2022 - 13:39
Description

This spreadsheet uses the Eyring equation to draw a connection between activation barriers and the timescale of a reaction. Students input a free energy of activation and can quickly see how long a reaction will take at varying temperatures. This has been particularly useful in computational sections of literature articles that investigate possible mechanistic pathways.