CH3I1-d and f block chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 2 chemistry
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Christine Cardin


Type of module:

Summary module description:

To introduce students to a range of applications of coordination chemistry in both d and f block elements, by covering organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and f block chemistry.

To introduce students to a range of applications of coordination chemistry in both d and f block elements, by covering organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and f block chemistry.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to write qualitative accounts of the material and solve qualitative and quantitative problems in the area.

Additional outcomes:
A knowledge of organometallic chemistry provided by this module forms the basis for an understanding of the Part 4 module in catalysis.

Outline content:

F Hartl (12 lectures) Organometallic Chemistry

Introduction to organic derivatives of transition metals. Classification of complexes by ligand type. Delocalized bonding and variation of metal oxidation state. Electron counting. Syntheses, structures and reactivity. Alkyl and aryl complexes. Carbene and carbyne complexes. Alkene, alkyne and polyene complexes. Allyl and other enyl complexes. Cyclic pi-systems.

C J Cardin (5 lectures) Bioinorganic Chemistry of d block elements

Introduction to the elements in the human body.Proteins and nucleic acids as ligands,  Essential and toxic elements; metals in medicine. Some principles of biocoordination chemistry. Examples will be drawn from among the following elements – iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, lead, platinum.

C J Cardin (5 lectures) F block elements

f orbitals - their filling and energetics. Magnetic and spectroscopic consequences, comparison with d metal chemistry. Isolation of rare earth elements. Lanthanide elements - coordination numbers, oxidation states, ligand preferences, stereochemistry. Comparison with the actinide elements – oxidation states and coordination chemistry

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
22 one-hour lectures backed up by 2 tutorials, 2x2hour workshops, and guided self-study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 72
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


Students will attend two tutorials on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory. A maximum of 20 marks is available for the written work for each tutorial set.

Tutorial work counts 20% of the marks for the module.

Submission dates:

Tutorials to be submitted as detailed on Blackboard

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

For students on chemistry-based degree courses any unexplained absence from more than two tutorials in chemistry in any term will automatically incur a formal warning from the School Director of Teaching and Learning.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be held in August and will be by examination only worth 100%.

Final year students are not eligible to resit this module unless they have failed their degree programme overall.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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