CHEM 335
Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry Fall 2019
Division III
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This course covers fundamental aspects of the chemistry of transition metals and main group elements and highlights how these properties are key to understanding the roles of these elements in a range of applications, from the catalysis of synthetic organic transformations, the functions of enzymatic processes, the production of commodity chemicals such as plastics, to the actions of metal-based drugs such as cis-platin. The course introduces concepts of symmetry and group theory, and applies them in a systematic approach to the study of the structure, bonding, and spectroscopy of coordination and inorganic compounds. The course also covers the kinetics and mechanism of selected inorganic and organometallic reactions. Through exploration of primary literature and review articles we will discuss recent developments and applications in inorganic chemistry, such as finding molecular solutions to the capture of solar energy, to cancer treatments and to optimizing industrial-scale reactions.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; three hours per week
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1418
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, exams, presentations, and group-based literature reviews
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or 256 and 251/255
Distributions: Division III

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