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. Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Unit Coordinator.
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. Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Unit Coordinator.
|Unit name||Catalysis and Sustainable Reaction Processes|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Rebecca Fuller|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- apply chemical knowledge to: describe, rationalise and predict the structure, chemical properties and reactivity of organometallic systems using advanced molecular orbital theory and periodic table trends; describe, rationalise and predict the overall outcomes and mechanistic pathways of metal-based catalytic processes, including both examples described in lecture materials and unseen reactions; develop an understanding of the importance and advantages of; organometallic chemistry to the synthesis of both specialty chemicals and the industrial scale synthesis of commodity chemicals, including long known reactions and contemporary case studies.
- analyse, interpret and predict spectral data to: determine structure of compounds prepared in the laboratory; determine and differentiate molecular structure of compounds; provide evidence for reaction mechanisms and detail of metal-ligand bonding
- demonstrate safe laboratory techniques and carry out hazard assessments for: synthesis, isolation and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds, with an emphasis on organometallic syntheses and catalytic reactions involving air-sensitive species and multi-step syntheses using sophisticated laboratory techniques; the collection of spectroscopic data and determination of physical properties
- communicate in scientific writing in the form of laboratory reports by: following provided report templates; using appropriate scientific terminology, conventions for representing molecular structures and adhering to standard english conventions; using chemical databases, such as scifinder scholar, to perform literature searches of chemical reactions and organic molecules and identify references accordingly.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR (KRA224 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic OR KRA241 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry)
|Assessment||Lab work (35%)|Assignments (5%)|Examination (60%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
KRA342 Lecture notes and Laboratory Manual (PDF on MyLO)
Atkins PW, et al., Inorganic Chemistry, Cotton FA, et al., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, (and as specified by individual lecturers), Atkins PW, et al., Physical Chemistry
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