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Catalysis and Sustainable Reaction Processes KRA342


This unit builds upon the basic understanding of inorganic chemistry from level 200 and introduces more advanced topics. With particular focus on the application of contemporary organometallic chemistry to the study of catalysis and sustainable reaction processes. The topics will include bonding and structure, catalytic reactions, and applications in organic synthesis and industrial chemistry. Laboratory work will cover aspects of organometallic synthesis and catalytic reactions chemistry.
NOTE: This unit is intended for all students majoring in chemistry along with those with interests in the physical sciences, biotechnology, medical and biomedical research, life sciences, earth sciences, Antarctic science, marine science, and pharmaceutical science areas. The content of this unit has also been structured so that it serves many other courses within the BSc.


Unit name Catalysis and Sustainable Reaction Processes
Unit code KRA342
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Doctor Rebecca Fuller
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By
Level Advanced


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe, rationalise and predict the structure, chemical properties, overall outcomes and mechanistic pathways of metal-based systems using advanced molecular orbital theory and periodic table trends.
  • Analyse, interpret and predict spectral data and evidence for reaction mechanisms and metal-ligand bonding by determining and differentiating the structure of molecules and compounds.
  • Demonstrate laboratory chemistry procedures, characterisation and risk assessments for organic and inorganic synthesis and isolation of compounds safely and to a competent standard.
  • Communicate experimental outcomes and relevant chemistry concepts in an acceptable manner that adheres to convention.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010599 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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Admission into a Masters course OR (KRA224 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic OR KRA241 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry)


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hour tutorial / problem solving sessions per week (face to face and online)

10 x 4-hour laboratory sessions across the semester (on campus attendance)

AssessmentAssignment (15%)|Lab work (30%)|Assignments (15%)|Topic Test (40%)
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KRA342 Lecture notes and Laboratory Manual (PDF on MyLO)


Atkins PW, et al., Inorganic Chemistry, Cotton FA, et al., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Atkins PW, et al., Physical Chemistry (and as specified by individual lecturers)

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