COURSE PURPOSE: To introduce students to the chemistry of transition metals.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory survey: structure and colors of transition metal compounds, charge transfer spectra; Metal-metal bonding and cluster compounds; Descriptive chemistry of selected groups of transition metals: occurrence, extraction, physical and chemical properties; Energy levels in metal complexes and their consequences; Common oxidation states, stabilization of unusual states; spectrochemical series; splitting of d-orbitals, crystal field stabilization energy; structures and reaction of halides and halo-complexes, aquo ions, hydroxo-and oxo-complexes; Introduction to electron spin resonance spectroscopy.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

1. Learners will be able to master a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas outlined in the course content above.

2. Learners will be able to solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. They will be able to rationally estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results.

COURSE PURPOSE:

 To introduce students to the study of Organometallic chemistry which is the study of chemical compounds containing bonds between carbon and a metal and be able to apply the knowledge gained in industrial homogeneous catalysis.

 COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Synthesis, characterization, bonding and re-activity of organometallic compounds of transition elements. Brief introduction to metal carbine and carbyne compounds. Industrial applications of organometallic compounds as illustrated by Ziegler-Natta catalysts and in Fischer-Tropsch process for making gasoline. Role in organic synthesis and biological systems.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 1. Learners will be able to master a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas outlined in the course content above.

2. Learners will be able to solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. They will be able to rationally estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results.

3. Learners will be able to use computers in data acquisition and processing and use available software as a tool in data analysis.

4. Learners will be able to use modern library search tools to locate and retrieve scientific information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry.