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UCD Chem 226: Osterloh

Graduate Level Inorganic Chemistry: "Transition Metals"
Instructor: Dr. Frank Osterloh

Unit I: Introduction

Unit II. Bonding in Transition Metal Complexes

Unit III. Electronic Properties High and Low Spin Complexes

  • Diamagnetism
  • Paramagnetism
  • Curie Law
  • Ferromagnetism
  • Antiferromagnetism
  • Ferrimagnetism
  • Ionic Radii
  • Effects of Spin States on Physiological Function: Example Hemoglobin
  • Ligand Field Stabilization Energy
  • Planar Geometries
  • Jahn-Teller Theorem
  • Stereochemically Non-Rigid Molecules: Tautomerism, Fluxionality and its Detection

Unit IV: Electronic Configurations/Terms

  • Electronic Absorption
  • Spectroscopy/Excited States
  • Spectrochemical Series
  • Excitation Rules

Unit V. Reactions of Transition Metal Complexes Labile and Inert Complexes

  • Thermodynamic Stability
  • Hard and Soft Ligands
  • Chelate Effect
  • Ligand Substitution Reactions: Associative vs. Dissociative Mechanism
  • Trans Effect
  • Transition State Theory
  • Inner Sphere vs Outer Sphere Electron Transfer
  • Markus Theory and its Applications
  • Redox Potential/Latimer Diagrams

Unit VI: Metal Clusters

  • Metal Metal bonding
  • bond order
  • Cluster Synthesis. 
  • Cluster Shapes and Electron Counting

Unit VI. Organometallic Chemistry

  • Ligand Types
  • Nomenclature
  • Synthesis,
  • Historical Background
  • 18-Electron Rule
  • Carbonyl-Complexes
  • Phosphine-Complexes
  • Olefin-Complexes
  • Allyl-Complexes
  • Dienyl-Complexes
  • Aromatic-Complexes
  • Carbene-Complexes
  • Alkylidene-Complexes
  • Hydrogen-Complexes
  • Hydride- Complexes
  • Fundamental Reactions and Mechanisms:
    • Substitution
    • Insertion
    • Oxidative Addition
    • Reductive Elimination
  • Homogeneous Catalysis: Fischer Tropsch
  • Monsanto Process
  • Hydroformulation
  • Wacker Process
  • Olefin Hydrogenation
  • Asymmetric Catalysis: L-DOPA Synthesis

Unit VII. Transition Metal Nanoparticles Synthesis

  • Structural and Chemical Properties