CHEM 335
Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry Fall 2022
Division III
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This course covers fundamental aspects of the chemistry of main group elements and transition metals, and highlights how these properties are key to understanding the roles of these elements in applications such as the catalysis of synthetic organic transformations, the functions of enzymatic processes, the production of commodity chemicals such as plastics, and the actions of metal-based drugs such as cis-platin. The course introduces concepts of symmetry and group theory, and their systematic application to the study of the structure, bonding, and spectroscopy of inorganic and organometallic compounds. The course also covers the kinetics and mechanism of selected inorganic and organometallic reactions. Class discussions will involve exploration of the primary literature and review articles around recent developments and applications in inorganic chemistry, such as finding molecular solutions to water oxidation, the capture of solar energy, to cancer treatments and the optimization of industrial-scale reactions.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three hours per week and laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 8/lab
Expected: 16
Class#: 1204
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, two exams, presentations, and group-based literature reviews
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or 256 and 251/255
Enrollment Preferences: senior and junior chemistry majors
Distributions: Division III

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