Main Group and Organometallic Chemistry - CHEM6230

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The nature of chemical bonding changes as you move across and down the periodic table. In this module, you will study how and why this bonding changes, and how we can use our understanding of this to understand the structure and reactivity of many classes of compounds. This is coupled to advanced analytical techniques for probing these often complex and flexible structures. The concepts developed then feed into the reactivities underpinning modern Organometallic catalysis, moving from pure fundamentals to application and showing how they let us understand the cutting edge of modern research and industrial syntheses.


Contact hours

Private Study: 106
Contact Hours: 44
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Moodle Test 1 (1 hour) – 2.5%
• Moodle Test 2 (1 hour) – 2.5%
• Worksheet 1 (1 hour) – 2.5%
• Worksheet 2 (1 hour) – 2.5%
• Laboratory Practical Write-ups – 15%
• Examination (3 hours) – 75%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: Time-Bound Online Assessment

The laboratory practical write-ups are compulsory sub-elements and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate complete understanding and knowledge of core and foundation scientific chemical, physical and biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory practice and methods in relation to the chemical sciences.
2. Demonstrate wide-ranging knowledge of areas of chemistry including properties of chemical elements, states of matter, organic functional groups, physiochemical principles, organic and inorganic materials, synthetic pathways, analytical chemistry, drug chemistry, biochemistry, fires, and explosions.
3. Demonstrate Abroad appreciation of developments at the forefront of some areas of chemical sciences.
4. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
5. Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
6. Display skills in the safe handling of chemical materials, considering their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and to risk assess such hazards. Concepts in NMR (paramagnetic NMR, quadrupolar NMR, Variable temperature NMR).
7. Display skills required for carrying out documented standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work in relation to organic and inorganic systems; skills in observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes; the systematic and reliable documentation of the above; operation of standard analytical instruments employed in the chemical sciences; synthetic techniques and reaction conditions for common organometallic syntheses; synthetic techniques and reaction conditions for main group compounds; and identifying Lewis acidic and Lewis basic sites within molecules.
8. Demonstrate the ability to collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy. Ability to make use of appropriate texts, or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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