Suite of LOs on Biomimetic Modeling

Submitted by Sheila Smith / University of Michigan- Dearborn on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:52

This suite of activities can be used as a unit exploring the use of small molecule models and biophysical techniques to illuminate complicated biomolecules.  The Parent LO:  Modeling the FeB center in bacterial Nitric Oxide reductase is a short, data-filled and well-written article that is approachable with an undergraduate's level of understanding.

Five Slides About Magnetic Susceptibility

Submitted by Sibrina Collins / Marburger STEM Center (MSC) at Lawrence Technological University on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:38

This Five Slides About provides an overview of the concept of magnetic susceptibility for paramagnetic metal centers. Three methods are discussed, namely the Evans NMR Method, the magnetic balance and SQUID (Superconducting QUantum Interference Device). The availability of each method varies across institutions.

Introduction to Photoinduced Electron Transfer

Submitted by Robert Holbrook / Northwestern University on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:37

This 5 slides about will introduce students to the concept of photoinduced electron transfer. These slides go over the energics of photoinduced electron transfer, which implements basic concepts of photochemistry and electrochemistry. The photoinduced electron transer properties of ris-(2,2'-bipyridine)-ruthenium(II) is used as an example. 

The Synthesis and Characterization of a trans-Dioxorhenium(V) Complex

Submitted by Sibrina Collins / Marburger STEM Center (MSC) at Lawrence Technological University on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:31

This experiment involves the preparation of a key starting reactant in high purity and yield for an ongoing research project, specifically for the development of potential photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents. The students synthesize [ReO2(py)4]Cl.2H2O using standard inorganic synthesis techniques. The students visualize the vibrations and electronic properties (e.g. molecular orbitals) of the compound using output files generated from density functional theory (DFT).

Coordination Diversity and Biological Activity of a Monodentate Au(III) Compound

Submitted by Sibrina Collins / Marburger STEM Center (MSC) at Lawrence Technological University on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:21


This learning object focuses on a recent publication (Acta Crystallographia 2014, C70, 260 -266) by the Collins research group in the Department of Chemistry at The College of Wooster.  Specifically, the paper evaluates the coordination diversity of a N-donor ligand, 2-phenyl-1,10-phenanthroline(pnp) with three new pnp-metal complexes containing Au(III), Cu(II), and Pd(II) metal centers.

Practical MCD Tutorial- How to collect MCD Data- Lehnert Lab

Submitted by Sheila Smith / University of Michigan- Dearborn on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:32

Nicolai Lehnert's group recently shared this video they made for the Penn State Bioinorganic Workshops on Youtube.  This is a great practical demonstration of how MCD data is actually collected.

5 (or 6) Slides about Biophysical Techniques

Submitted by Sheila Smith / University of Michigan- Dearborn on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:58

This Five Slides About was prepared specifically for the 2014 IONiC/VIPEr workshop Bioinorganic Applications of Coordination Chemistry held at Northwestern University July 13-18, 2014.  

Five Slides about Tanabe-Sugano Diagrams

Submitted by Sabrina Sobel / Hofstra University on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 15:32

Brief introduction to d-orbital splitting, Russell-Saunders coupling, and application to UV-Vis spectroscopy using Tanabe-Sugano diagrams

Electronic Absorption Spectroscopy of Aquated Transition Metal Ions

Submitted by Zachary Tonzetich / University of Texas at San Antonio on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:07

I developed this laboratory experiment for our instrumental analysis class. The course is taken by junior and senior chemistry majors, who for the most part have had one inorganic chemistry course and some physical chemistry. The laboratory is operationally very simple and has students record the UV-vis spectra of transition metal sulfate salts in water using volumetric technique. They record the molar absorptivities for each peak and use this data to determine the number of waters of hydration for each salt by comparing with literature absorptivity values.

Literature summary through student presentation - free choice of topic.

Submitted by Cameron Gren / University of North Alabama on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 07:59

(1) Student choses and reads a journal article of his/her choice that is related to a topic we have discussed during the semester. (i.e. atomic structure, MO theory, group theory, solid state structure, band theory, coordination chemistry, organometallics, catalysis). Suggested journals include, but are not limited to JACS, Inorg. Chem., Organometallics, Angew. Chem., JOMC, Chem. Comm.)

(2) Student answers the following questions regarding their chosen article:

    (a) Describe, in 1 or 2 sentences the goal of this work.