Main Group and Organometallic Chemistry - CH623

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR E Clark


Completion of Stage 2 of the following programmes: Chemistry (BSc), Chemistry (MSc) and Chemistry with a Year in Industry





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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Lectures (24 hours), Laboratory Practicals (18 hours), Examples classes (3 hours).
Private Study (105 hours) to include practical write-ups and preparatory work for examples classes.
Total: 150 hours.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Laboratory Practical Write-up: 15%, Coursework Assessment: 10%, Final Exam: 75%.

Indicative reading

Core texts
Periodicity and the s- and p-block elements - Nicholas C. Norman 1997
Inorganic chemistry - Martin Weller, Tina Overton, Jonathan Rourke, F. A. Armstrong 2014 Organometallics and catalysis: an introduction - Manfred Bochmann 2015
NMR spectroscopy in inorganic chemistry - Jonathan A. Iggo 1999 [reprinted 2002]
Arrow-pushing in inorganic chemistry: a logical approach to the chemistry of the main group elements - Abhik Ghosh, Steffen Berg 2014

Recommended texts
Advanced inorganic chemistry - F. Albert Cotton, F. Albert Cotton 1999
Chemistry of the elements - N. N. Greenwood, A. Earnshaw 1997
Organometallics - Christoph Elschenbroich, Jose´ Oliveira 2006

Background texts
Frontier orbitals and organic chemical reactions - Ian Fleming

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

<\li>Knowledge and understanding 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.
  • 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.
  • Appreciate developments at the forefront of some areas of chemical sciences.

    Intellectual skills:
  • Ability to demonstrate 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.
  • Ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.

    Subject-specific skills:
  • Skills in the safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account 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).
  • 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. Identifying Lewis acidic and Lewis basic sites within molecules.
  • 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.
  • Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication.
  • Generic skills needed for students to undertake further training of a professional nature.
  • Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
  • Numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
  • Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment.
  • Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.

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